Ngā mihi ki a koutou
This morning the Fiji team will be sharing with us their experience serving in Lautoka with Breath of Life Ministries. Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the mission God has called us to and celebrate what He is doing among us.
What do you think ‘Mission’ is? Is it something that only extraordinary people do in exotic places?
What if mission was worship?
All people are made in the image of God, made to receive His love and to give love in return. Through Jesus’ act of self-giving love on the cross, we have been reconciled to God, made whole and set free.
He invites us to participate with Him in setting others free to live in His love, and to join in His work of redeeming all creation.
2 Corinthians 5: 11 – 21 talks about God’s great work of reconciliation – bringing people back into right relationship with each other and their Creator. Paul says that we are God’s ‘ambassadors’, acting on His behalf; God is making His appeal through us. We don’t do this out of duty, but because ‘Christ’s love compels us’. Mission is an act of worship because we do it out of love, in response to God’s love for us.
Mission can look like:
• Ministry, evangelism, discipleship and speaking the gospel truth
• Working for justice, renewal and wellbeing in communities
• Showing people Gods love through acts of kindness and forgiveness
If you have an opportunity to do these things in a different country, go for it! God will use it to grow you and bless others. But you don’t have to wait for a call to serve overseas. You will have opportunities this week to be God’s ‘ambassador’ and make His love known.
Take those small opportunities. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much” (Luke 16:10) – who knows where your little acts of worship will lead.
Kirsty Couper ( Ministry leader – Global Connect )