This is our blog, we haven’t been too good at keeping it up to date, but I am engaging in a well know tradition in this internet world, the blog re-entry! For anyone who knows much about the fringes of the blog-world, the re-entry post has about as much possibility of keeping momentum as all our best efforts to keep new years resolutions..so no promises!
As most of you will know, Rachel and I have spent almost all of our married life now in South Africa, searching out what the Father is doing and trying to join in. We are only two people so we know, that a) we can’t do it all, and b) that even if we could it wouldn’t be a good thing. So we have found our corners of the harvest field, sought to be faithful, love well, be adventurous, and learn.
The nature of becoming a missionary requires, for most at least, a pretty clear idea of what you want to do. It’s hard to get people alongside you to simply emigrate! But on a number of levels, I think most people discover in this vocation, most of your preconceived ideas about what might be helpful are wrong, apart from one big one..What Jesus said and began in his life, death, resurrection and ascension, really really is the HOPE of the World. We’ve scratched about for some other possible answers, but honestly there is nothing else.
I don’t profess lots of wisdom at the tender(ish) age of 29, but a good (much wiser) friend here told me: “Don’t trust any re-telling of the Gospel that tries to say they have the way, or the corner on how to explain it all, at the heart of it, it was meant to be understood by fisherman and farmers”.
It has turned out to be good advice in the midst of a world of projects, rallying calls, and celebrity church culture, but I have realised (like most of us after reflecting honestly for a while), that I do have a bias, a lens, an inclination as I read over the bible and invite the Spirit of truth to illuminate it for me. It is about becoming more like JESUS. That’s been called discipleship, and then more historically has found names like, christian education, spiritual formation etc. But when it comes down to it, Im convinced we will be most grateful at the end of time for the ways in which we were formed into the image of Him who is LOVE.