In integral mission we need to ask ourselves who is Jesus?
When the disciples saw Jesus calm the storm (Luke 8:22ff), heal the sick, raise the dead, feed the thousands, they were still unsure. Even John the Baptist asked “are you the one?” (Luke 7:18ff).
Interestingly, the disciples had been sent out with authority and power to preach the Gospel and heal the sick and still they had uncertainty on who Jesus was. They reported to Jesus what the crowds said but it was only when he asked them personally – but who do you say I am – that revelation and faith began to grow as Peter affirmed that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Yes, they still had much to learn, but this was a crucial change moment for them – for us.
As we go about our daily work and activities, we need to ask ourselves who Jesus is to us? If he is indeed Lord of everyone and everything, King of Kings and God Almighty – how does this impact every aspect of our lives and choices?
Let us pray about:
How we choose to spend our time, our spare time, our work time –that it is for the Kingdom. Pray that we would be open to interruptions and welcome those in need. Pray that our eyes would be open to our family, neighbours and community – that we would be salt and light for the Kingdom.
How we develop our programmes of response to people in need, people exploited and the injustices of our world – that we would not be judgmental, but rather that we would speak truth in love and mercy and stand together pointing to the Good News of life in all its fullness through Jesus.
That we would receive a daily revelation of who Jesus is and respond in love and obedience as we follow him