Wednesday, February 08, 2012

If you dare

The political novelty that God brings into the world is a community of those who serve instead of ruling, who suffer instead of inflicting suffering, whose fellowship crosses social lines instead of reinforcing them. The new Christian community in which the walls are broken down not by human idealism or democratic legalism but by the work of Christ is not only a vehicle of the gospel or only a fruit of the gospel; it is the good news. It is not merely the agent of mission or the constituency of a mission agency. This is mission. (Yoder, Royal Priesthood, 91)

What would it look like if this week we actually tried to practice this? To serve instead of rule, to suffer instead of inflicting suffering, to reach out to those who you wouldn't usually, to actually take mission seriously?

It would look like God really is in charge.
It would look like there really is Good News for the world.
It would look like forgiveness of sins and freedom and New Creation really was bursting out on this world.

May you and I dare to practice this. May we dare to actually get in line with the missionary God who calls his Church to actually join in with His Mission.

Grace and Peace

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