Family of Missionaries

January 10, 2011

Through the finished work of Christ we have been adopted into God’s family.  We share the inheritance of our generous Older Brother through whom we have been grafted back in to God’s vine.  In Christ we are Family.

At the same time, the God of Mission has commissioned us and sent us out into the world that in our life together the world might come to know Jesus as the one whom the Father has sent in to the world (John 17:20) for its redemption.  In Christ we are Missionaries.

“Aren’t these two things opposed to each other?”  Its a question that I’ve heard many times and its one I heard rebutted again this morning as I was reading Genesis one:

“God created humankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them

male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply!  Fill the earth and subdie it!'” (Gen. 1:27-28)

Our family resemblance–our image bearing–is shown in community (“in the image of God he created them“); a community that has been commissioned to fill the earth and subdue it.

In other words, not only are our identities as Family and Missionaries not in conflict, they are necessary to each other!  If we are to be good missionaries we must engage the world together.  If we are God’s family, we can only be so as we go, filling the earth with his children (disciples) who would join us in reflect his image!



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