The Mission of God for the People of God
Jesus used much of the time He spent with His disciples both telling them and showing them why He came to Earth. It is about the mission that the nations and peoples of the world would be blessed.
This blessing ultimately is a restoration of the relationship between God and Creation. But the blessing, and thus the mission, goes beyond just having a personal relationship with God. It includes a meeting of the simplest –and yet most profound—needs of all people. This mission has a global initiative. It includes our own communities.
As the Church has been called and commissioned to continue the Mission of Jesus Christ. Our passage this morning goes a long way in helping us understand a little better what this mission is and what it means to us.
We see all through the Gospels and the first part of Acts, Jesus preparing the disciples to take on His ministry. So when we speak of what Jesus was anointed to do, we can safely say that His mission is our mission, that we are a part of the Mission of Jesus Christ.
This is what the Church is all about. Jesus said to preach “good news.” So the idea of this Mission and Stewardship, this making everything right is a hope that we have for the future, hopefully the near future. It is a hope for a “making everything right.”
There is also an element of the “acceptable year of the Lord” that should be “already.” That is the mission that Jesus, in this passage, was saying that He was on: part of the Mission of God.
When we give Him our all and invite Him to fill us that is when He fills us. God will fill you fully and that is when you can know how to accomplish the mission of God. You won’t have to wonder; the Holy Spirit will guide you!
Stewardship: A Faithful Response to God’s Mission: STEWARDSHIP is a core Christian practice rooted in scripture. The Bible offers stories on human stewardship that begins with God’s purpose in setting our first ancestor in the garden “to till and keep it”, and ends in the new creation, in a recurring pattern of crisis and resolution. That pattern of human crisis and divine resolution flows through the Bible — in the creation, in the covenant with Abraham, in the law, the prophets and the writings of the Hebrew scripture, in the life of Jesus, and in the continuing life of his disciples after the resurrection.
The gospel today opens up the beginning of the Galilean Ministry of Jesus. This stewardship models a unique approach for all baptized. When are called to turn our focus on MISSION. When we use the language of stewardship to address our missionary calling, its means that our religious agenda is all about God’s mission to and for the world.
God sets out in mission to make all things new. It is God’s mission to transform persons, to redeem us and restore us to joyful and useful participation in God’s work. It is God’s mission to transform the church as well, to redeem and restore our common life so that we might live as stewards of God’s abundant gifts, and invite others into that stewardship – for the sake of the world God loves.
Stewardship is a response to the mission of God. When we invite persons into the church, we also invite them into the practices of faithful stewardship.
There is only one essential stewardship question: Will we make use of resources entrusted to us to serve God’s mission, or for purposes that we ourselves devise or that are thrust upon us by an economy that depends absolutely on growing consumption to sustain it?