On a Mission
Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy.
There is something quite entertaining about the brashness of small children. They walk into a room or through the door looking for something specific. Kids aren’t anticipating a relational engagement. They don’t embrace the norms of social propriety. I remember this little boy, a friend of my sister’s kid, who would walk through the back door of our home, and with one arm still in his coat inquire: “Where's the cookies?” My own children would come to church during the work week “to see me” only to rush in from the east entrance and march all the way to my friend Andy Hanson’s office. Why? Because Andy kept a bowl of candy on his desk! Kids are always on a mission. You see it in the way they walk.
As a church, we are taking a closer look and making a clearer call for living on mission. We forget that walking with the Lord in obedience to His call involves more than a break from reality for one or two hours a week. You and only you are the salt of the earth. You and only you are the city set on the hill. A missional approach involves specific intentionality in our daily lives, and this lifestyle must flow from a prayerful strategy.
For the next two weeks, we will remember why we must grow in our obedience to this call. We have a just cause in this world because we serve a just God. Because of God’s mercy given to us, we respond to others with care. I love how Eugene Peterson translates this particular Beatitude: “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” (Matthew 5:7)
Secondly, because of God’s grace, we give the favor of human connection to our fellow man. Jesus is quick to remind us that the most broken and sinful among us shares the imago dei, the image of God, with us. Each of us knows, or at least we must arrive at the understanding, that it is only by God’s grace that we are given a right standing with Him. This standing is communion with our Redeemer and Friend that is also shared in community with others. Simply put, because of this grace, we connect with one another as restored image bearers. What grace!
Let’s take some time this month to consider how this reality is being lived-out right here in our midst.