"I find myself wondering again and again what it would be like actually to live every moment of one's life with an awareness of God..." D. Allen

March 21, 2012

Living in the Now: Rooted in God's Renewal


N. T. Wright says that "a mission-shaped church must have its mission shaped by hope; that the genuine Christian hope, rooted in Jesus' resurrection, is the hope for God's renewal of all things, for his overcoming of corruption, decay, and death, for his filling of the whole cosmos with his love and grace, his power and glory.... To be truly effective in this kind of mission, one must be genuinely and cheerfully rooted in God's renewal."

While this truth is grand and beautiful, personalizing this mission brings it closer to my heart--
...a mission-shaped person must have her mission shaped by hope; that her genuine Christian hope, rooted in Jesus' resurrection, is the hope for God's renewal....

This is a song of Gomer and Hosea, of the restoration of lost love, death of desire. Being rooted in God's regeneration is deep, heartfelt, and soul shaking.  Mission shaped by hope is rooted in the stump of Jesse:

Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse,

and a branch from its roots will bear fruit.    Isaiah 11:1