As a child in primary school, 1981, I remember sitting in the school hall, being given permission to watch the space shuttle rocket being sent into space. People in the crowd wring their hands nervously, tensely watching to see if the months and years of planning which brought them to this moment… would be successful
Exuberant cheering from a passionate crowd. The mission was launched, and the cheer in ground control was mirrored by small children in a hall in the middle of rural Lancashire, England.
The mission was a success.
In short order: ignition…passion…mission
There is God’s mission, the missio dei, which we join in with. He is seeking out his people to save them. To bring them home.
Jesus said, “…Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and
make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to
obey everything I have commanded you.
And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
My calling is to take that good news to those who have not yet heard of Jesus. And it needs proclaiming afresh to each new generation. There’s nothing wrong with seeing the mission field abroad, where people haven’t heard of Jesus. There are thousands and millions of people. But there are people entering our world as babies in our home towns who also have never heard the good news. It’s not down to our schools or society to teach and tell, it’s us.