I'm hearing a lot of talk by eager Christ-followers about being "missional" (myself included). And while I'm stoked for how people are becoming mission-minded, I've recently been experiencing a bit of a furrowed brow as I begin to notice signs of polarization regarding two essential values. One value is for fully surrendered, intimate, spiritual connection with Jesus in His Spirit. This is the "Abide in Christ" or "Love God" group. The other value is for redeeming the world & fulfilling the mission Jesus gave. This is the "Great Commission" or "Love People" group. What's been a bummer for me is that I'm finding a lot of zealous Christ-followers who champion one or the other of these values.
So I've been thinking about it... about how God created & redeemed us to be both 1) His Family & 2) His Team. Thru our adoption in Christ, God made us His family... His children, fellow-heirs, & bride. Thru our stewardship as bond-slaves & servants, we are also God's team... His body, hands & feet, ambassadors, stewards of the Gospel & ministry of reconciliation (not to mention co-rulers of the world via Genesis 1). People who always talk about intimacy with the person of Christ must be emphasizing their identity as family. People who always talk about participating in the work or mission of Christ must be emphasizing their identity as team.
(By now, you I'm sure you know where I'm going with this... ) The Christian Reformation / Cultural Revolution that's upon us is about both. Thru God's grace in this perfect moment of history, we have the opportunity of fully realizing & living out our reality as BOTH God's family & team. Which works out pretty well ... 'cuz He calls us to both abide in His person & cooperate with His powerful work without sacrificing either grand reality!
As primary participants in this redemptive revolution (a very, very exciting stewardship to have) I was thinking it might be a good idea to work hard to avoid being simply "missional". Really, all the smokin'-red-hot-blessings from God are about wholeness ... about becoming fully connected to God & everything that bears the hope of reconciliation (our "ministry of reconciliation") .
Cool, huh? Person AND Work. Family AND Team. Love God AND Love People. Sounds like a Jesus thing to me.