Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a true encounter

A true encounter with God and God's word changes us. But it changes us in line with the truth in Jesus and in this world that is missional as well as relational, reflective of humankind made in the image of God and God as Trinity.

The kingdom of God suggests mission when you consider this world and the kingdoms of this world. For the life of me I'm not sure why, at least I think so, that we Christians are so enamored with nations and particularly so here in America, now the greatest of nations on earth. Being a part of the kingdom of God come in Jesus suggests that we are on mission to the world, even as we do submit to God's order in his use of the rulers, authorities and powers of this world.

But back to the main point. When we spend time in God's word it is certainly in a sense private and personal, but if it's a true encounter with God it becomes public and corporate, or relational. It relates to others, wanting to share with them the love of God that is in Jesus Christ.

The focus ends up being on God in Jesus, not on ourselves or on the other person. We seek to help others come into this Presence that is full of grace and truth. This ends up being an important part of what God wants for us, to become a natural part of who we are and what we do. Not always easy, but a part of our calling in this world in following Jesus. And will more and more naturally take place when we have a true encounter with God through his word.

What would you like to add to this? Or any thoughts.


Deb said...

Right On!! Sweets.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Sweets! :)

Every Square Inch said...

Ted - I think you're right that an encounter with God and His word leads to a missional response - it is inward (speaks to hearts), upward (directs us to worship), outward (leads us to love & act)