Whose mission?

At our church we are focussing on mission this month. It’s good to have a reminder about what being Christian means in terms of our outworking. One of our preachers had this quote:

“The church of God doesn’t have a mission in the world. The God of mission has a church in the world” (Dr Tim Dearborn, of World Vision International)

I like this! It reminds us that it is God’s mission, God’s work, and that we, as the church, have the privilege of belonging to the God of mission, working out God’s purpose in God’s world. As the church, we belong to God, and we are in the world. Not just bishops or priests. Not just deacons. Not just those with lay licences, but all God’s people are people with a mission, on a mission, a Great Commission.

“Praise God from earth…,

Earth’s kings and all races, leaders and important people,

Robust men and women in their prime, and, yes, graybeards and little children.

Let them praise the name of God – it’s the only Name worth praising!” (Ps 148:7,11-13a, the Message Bible.)