Posts Tagged ‘Mission’

Be Free and Serve (or, Doing God’s Will)

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

“I have a passion for South America. I love the people and the cultures. I really have a heart to see them come to know Jesus and to serve God. But… I’m not sure it’s God’s will for my life.”

“My residency has been very rewarding. I talk to people. I can help them, and make them feel better. I can help them with problems, and spread some happiness in their lives. It gives me lots of opportunities to talk about God. But… I also love art–creating beautiful things. It’s another way to help people, and I’ve always wanted to go to art school. I don’t know if I should keep going with med school, or leave to do art. I’ve been praying a lot, but God hasn’t revealed His will yet.”

Making big decisions is a hard thing. It’s a topic at the forefront of my mind at the moment. I’m finishing grad school shortly, and because the company I interned with is in a slump right now, I don’t have a job lined up. I have to find a long-term job, and I have to figure out what to do with my time in the short-term. Get a part-time job? Live off savings and do various volunteer work? I want to stay in Austin; if I get an offer elsewhere, should I take it, or wait for something here? How do I know what God wants me to do?

As Christians, committed to serving God and submitting to Him, we know that we should seek His will. When a decision affects our lives in a big way, we want to factor God in, so to speak. So…What do we do when we have a decision to make, but we haven’t heard from God? What do we do when we can’t seem to find His guidance? Do we wait until we get a clear indication somehow? How are we supposed to recognize those indications? Are we even supposed to expect to hear from God in this kind of thing? What if we come up to a deadline? What happens if we make the wrong decision, and miss God’s best?

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On Jesus, Mission, and Church

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Excerpts from Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons From An Emerging Missional Church, by Mark Driscoll

“No matter what the tradition or theological perspective, the one common thread that wove all of the churches together was that they were each on their on mission instead of on Jesus’ mission to transform people and cultures by the power of the Holy Spirit through the work of the gospel. And each church conveniently grabbed the snapshot of Jesus that best suited their mission and used it to legitimize and bless their mission in his name. Theologically, this was profoundly troubling, because I was certain that Jesus was his own mission and that any church not on that mission had what Paul called another gospel and another Jesus, concocted by a cunning serpent.”

“For me, our church was not the people we had but primarily the people we did not yet have, and I needed to go get those people… I kept scheduling meetings in an effort to convert the lost to Jesus and convert the found to our mission with Jesus so that the church could move forward.”