Two ways I avoid God and life
1) I’m caught up in the worry of the day and the details so that I don’t see the big picture of how Jesus has entered in and what God is doing in the world and
2) I’m caught up in God-talk theologizing so that I don’t live fully engaged where I’ve been made to live.
Grace is worked into us from God in Jesus so that grace works out of us to others. Isn’t it?
“The whole of Scripture . . . ‘witnesses to the self-giving movement of God towards his creation and us . . . the whole Bible renders to us the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s work for the sake of God’s whole creation.’” (a)
“Missions, therefore, arises not simply as a response of obedience to a command given to the church . . . but as a joyful invitation to participate with God in His redemptive work in the world. God the Father is unfolding a grand narrative of which His Son, Jesus Christ, is the central figure and we, as the church, are being called and empowered through God the Holy Spirit to participate in the unfolding of this grand narrative. . . Missions is about simultaneously entering into the inner life of God as a missionary God, as well as entering into the world where the triune God is actively at work.” (b)
I hope you can shed the cultural-linguistic-loading that has befallen the M-word, and get the point here:
If God is a missionary,
despite my sins and struggles of avoidance
I am a missionary.
(a) – Timothy Tennent citing Christopher Wright** Timothy C. Tennent, Invitation to World Missions (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2010), 60-61. Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2006), 48, 51
(b) – from Tennent, as cited above [my underline]