January 22, 2018
SERMON: January 21st, 2018 “Sparking a Life on Mission”
Today Rick talked about how God might “interrupt our lives and call us to go to places where we’re not completely comfortable and share the good news with people that we wouldn’t normally hang around with”. He used the examples of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Jonah, Ruth, Esther, Paul, John and even Jesus Christ, to demonstrate how their lives were interrupted in order to accomplish God’s mission. Of course, Jesus was THE pivotal piece in God redeeming the world unto Himself. When Jesus told His disciples to go and He sent them off with only the sandals on their feet and a walking stick, He was calling them out of what they always know – fishing, tax collecting and even called them away from their families. “When we answered the call to follow Jesus, He called us out of our old life…We’re told to leave that life behind…it’s dead and we’re new people who belong to a new King and a new Kingdom and we’ve got a totally new mission in our lives”. Why does God interrupt our lives and call us to places we’re not completely comfortable and share the good news with people we wouldn’t normally hang around with?
- “Perhaps one reason is that God is totally focused on developing our dependency on Him”. We have to let go of our security; all those things that we were trusting in before we met Him – financial security, family securities, close friend securities. “I think this is why Jesus told His disciples to take nothing for their journey…” so their dependency would be totally on God. Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith we cannot please God”.
- “Another reason for interrupting our lives is because God’s mission is all about reconciling people to Himself and that involves reconciling us to one another”. “God’s Kingdom mission is all about erasing barriers that sin has erected between us”. Ephesians 2:14 To be reconciled to God we are then reconciled to each other. When God sends us out He reminds us “that we all belong together in His kingdom”.
- “Perhaps a third reason I can thing of for dislocating us from our comfort zones is that God wants to keep us somewhat disconnected from this world because this isn’t our home, despite what we might feel”.1 John 2:15,17. “This world has a way of pulling us into its values and behaviors, inviting us to become as comfortable as possible here for as long as possible…and God’s Spirit is constantly pulling us towards eternity and Kingdom values and the mission of inviting as many people as possible to join us in that amazing adventure! Dislocation helps keep us mobile and prevents us from getting root-bound here on earth”.