Is God someone who wound up this place called Earth, let it go, and now has nothing or very little to do with it? Is He a Father Time kind of figure? Is He an angry god? A loving Father? Does He exist at all?
Depending on who you talk to, no doubt you will get any of these views and more. The conversation might even become a little emotional and personal. So much so, some will not want to talk about it at all.
Have you ever thought of God as a missionary?
What does that mean you ask? Missionary, as someone who is sent from their own context or land into the context or land of another person.
When did God do that?
A Latin term—Missio Dei—became popular in the late 1900’s. It is translated as “the mission or sending of God.” The thought is that God was the first to be sent with the mission of salvation. The Trinity, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit didn’t have a need to include anyone else in their family or culture to be complete. They lacked nothing.
However, They decided to leave Their context, Their land and come into our context so that we might know Him.
As a missionary God, God pursues us, not the other way around. If He had not sent Himself to us, pursued us, sought us out, we would have never known Him.
That is a powerful picture. That is why it is called Good News. Sure, I understand that some of you might not think of it as good news. You are ok with there being a God as long as it is on your terms and within your timing. You prefer to be in control and the one who does the pursuing. I get that.
The cool thing about what God has revealed about HImself is that He is perfectly secure in Who He is to allow you that freedom. He will allow you to take the inheritance that is yours for the taking and even squander it. At the same time, He waits for you. Watching for you to return to Him. He is always Faithful even when we are unfaithful.
And when He sees you return, if you do, He runs to you. He doesn’t even wait for you to make it all the way to Him.
Wow. As many times as I have read and heard that, I still sit in amazement at what kind of God He is.
This view of God or Theology or Missiology is the premise from which I blog on this site. It is what I mean by the phrase, “Missional Lifestyle”.
Most of my topics here—caring for orphans and poor, international missions, how we handle our money, discipleship, even worship—are spokes off the wheel of Missional Lifestyle.
What is your view of God?