Six Traits to Emulate: (6) Missional

BY Doug Jones

February 7, 2013


A line that caused my heart to soar as a child, I read in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “Aslan is on the move.” A hopeful, mysterious, yet purposeful sentence that tells the reader a hero is coming with the power to change things.

Likewise, our God is on the move. The mission of God is to bless all the nations through people he has chosen, redeemed, and made his very own. This missional aspect of God is part and parcel of what makes God, God. The actions of God are motivated by pure holiness, love, faithfulness, and goodness. God is on the move in our midst to bring about his restorative and redemptive mission.

Because we are made in God’s image, we discover we have this desire and unction to do something. It can reveal itself in ambition, courage, greed, and/or valor. We often find ourselves with goals and agendas and plans; dim shadows when compared to God on the move. Our souls are satisfied, hopes restored, and our lives filled with energy when we lay down our plans for the mission of God. When we finally hear the call, glimpse evidence of God’s activity, and join in the mission of the restoration of God’s kingdom, we uncover our identity as children of God, made in his image.

Maker and Messiah, we recognize your hand has both made us and made a way for us to return to you. We are your workmanship created for good works that will continue to reveal your kingdom reign. Yet in our everyday lives we have been more concerned with our own passions and pursuits, our own dreams and desires. We confess that we have sinned against you by putting our ways above your ways.

God, we need you to change our minds and mold our lives that we might again chase your heart and handiwork. Thank you, gracious and good God, our Savior. Amen.

[Dawn to Dark, p. 109]

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