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Mystic Leader’s Crash Course Part 4: Wind
Totally frustrated with me at my inability to help him, Lucas, my youngest son, turned and ran again, holding high his new kite on a short leash, trying in vain to catch a breeze.
â€œYou need better wind,â€ I told him as he made another pass with kite flying inches over his head.
Wind related activity like pulling kites on strings, hoisting sails, building windmills, all come after the wind not before it. The Christ following movement is a wind related activity. The reason churches fail to fly is that they forget that wind comes first.
Here’s my claim: Mission exists because God is on mission. Yes, love motivates the missionary activity of God, but we wouldnâ€™t know this if it did not compel the missionary action of God. Love has primacy but mission has priority.
Why do the winds of mission blow? Because God loves a world that is in deep trouble. This is a description of both God and the world we live in.
We live in a world that when seen through Godâ€™s eyes motivates mission. In other words, the missionary activity of God tells us the world is broken. In a broken world, mission comes first. Mission is the evidence of love.
The only God that can be known is the God who is on mission. There are no alternatives to Him only bland substitutes. The images of the God of nurture and therapy so dear to the heart of the American church, the sovereign God of the reformation in whose arms the elect are all safe, the creator God of neo-orthodoxy in whose home all men are brothers, must all submit to the God who has revealed himself as the God on Mission. God may be all, some or none of the others â€“ nurturer, sovereign, father â€“ but, whatever more he is, we come to know it in the aftermath of knowing Him as a missionary God.
To create a small group, build a church building, write a credo, train a choir, rehearse a band without knowing the God on mission, is like trying to fly a kite on a windless day, hoisting a sail or building a windmill without knowledge of the wind.
We try to prove the wind by the kite. But the wind will prove itself. And the kite will make sense in light of the wind not vice versa.
What do you think?
Posts in the series: The Mystic Leader’s Crash Course
- A Mystic Leader’s Crash Course: Introduction
- A Mystic Leaderâ€™s Crash Course: Darkness
- A Mystic Leaderâ€™s Crash Course: Light
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