Touché October 21, 2016
Posted on October 21, 2016 by under Touché,


Missional Living

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Jesus)

“We are on a mission from God” (Elwood Blues)

Last week we heard that Michael Phelps learned that his life was about more than winning gold medals.  This week we join Jesus as he begins his mission.  He inspires us to join him in the mission of God in the world.  Around here we call it 167 Living.  Our New Members group will be unpacking that Sunday evening and our congregation will be challenged by it Sunday morning.

In the Ridder Church Renewal program we are reminded that the one “end game” of discipleship is following Christ in mission.  This stands as a contrast to our consumer driven mentality of religion being “What can I get out of this?” rather than, “How I can live into this?” Jake and Elwood Blues put together the Blues Brother’s band because they were on a mission from God to save an orphanage.  Elwood, Jake and Jesus give us all a challenge to understand our mission and understand our lives lived under the purpose and the plan of God.

Do you have a mission statement, or are you on a mission?  Dan Pollute asks that question in the Harvard Business Review.  His point is: “Don’t put mission statements first. Get on a mission, and the other things will follow, including the mission statement.”   I love this call to get into action.  We are called not just to receive more information, but to practice what is preached and move into mission.

The vision of 167 Living is an invitation to live our lives as an integrated whole.  Being missional is not something we do after we get home from work or when we show up to volunteer at the food pantry. It is living every hour, every moment of our lives for the glory of God.  What is God’s preferred future for your work at IBM, or for your relationship with your family, or the people across the street? Each of those places is our mission field. Every step we take is a step into our mission.

You are on a mission from God – get going!