In Preparation for Lord’s Day 101208

Tomorrow is not your ordinary Lord’s Day, at least not for the members of my church. We will be celebrating the tail end of our Mission Week. For the uninitiated, Mission Week (or Mission Month in some churches) is generally the time when we remember the good and wonderful things that God has done in using weak, sinful and imperfect individuals to fulfill His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). The fact that God chooses to love us at all is enough to make one’s head spin. The fact that He chooses to include people in His plan to bring the message across is mind-boggling. 

Of course, there’s always a downside to Mission Week (or Month). There are quite a few individuals who use this time to pander to churchgoers’ guilty conscience by asking, “Why aren’t you giving more for the sake of Missions?” They do so not so much for the sake of missions, but for the sake of seeing people giving to missions.  (You know what I mean…) They often add, “You know (insert your favorite country here) have more missionaries than we do because the people their support the missional endeavor,” or something like that. (True on the face of it, still…)

I’m often tempted to tell people to give because they really see the need to support missionaries and mission groups — the love of money may be the root of all evil, but the lack of money on the other hand means almost nothing gets done. Give because you love God and you love the missionaries, not because someone is pulling at your heartstrings. More so if that someone were pulling at your heartstrings by making himself as an example: “I give such-and-such to the missions; so should you.” 

Anyway, a reminder from God’s word in time for worship tomorrow.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:6-15

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