Recently in a sermon, I asked ‘What is your vision for God’s mission?’
It seemed a reasonable question, as we started our Global Mission Month. Related questions were ‘How do you feel about our annual mission month - like it, love it, or endure it?’ and ‘What part will you play in mission - no part, local or global?’
On reflection, maybe it was the wrong question. It assumes mission is the DNA of Christian faith. While I love being part of God’s mission - local and global, I’m learning that other people may have a different focus.
Perhaps a better question would be ‘What is your attracting vision for Christianity?’ For some it might be loving God, or knowing they are saved, or worship, or prayer, or experiencing God, or being in a caring community, or enjoying God’s beautiful creation. There are so many wonderful and true aspects of being in relationship with God, and involved with others in a local church.
However, following Jesus involves much more. Colossians reminds us, ‘God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Jesus. Through him all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe - people and things, animals and atoms - get properly fixed and fit together, through his blood, shed on the cross.’ Mission brings gospel renewal to people and places.
Does your attracting vision for Christianity include mission?