Benevolence, Part 2

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

Today’s message at Grandview Baptist (the church I’ve been going to this year at Waterloo) went hand in hand with the message I heard last night by Craig Kielburger. The pastor spoke all about the “mission mindset” and how the only mindset that truly leads to a life of missions for God is a God-focused mindset. It seems pretty simple, but it was a powerful message in the context of what I had heard last night.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’

“At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’

“Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Here we see a picture of how missions should be – a response to the glory of God. Oftentimes we see “missions” as a social agenda to complete. We see a need, and we try to meet it. That’s all well and good, but that generally leads to one or two truly committed people, and a whole bunch of others that simply try to throw money at the problem. However, when we see ministry as a way to bring glory to God – to protect God’s glory in His creation, to glorify God through the advancement of the rights included with being made in His image, and to proclaim His name to show His glory to others – we are focused right where we should be. We’re focused on God.

I can’t get it out of my head that I’m supposed to be doing something – I mean, it’s obvious that we are all called to missions of some sort, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I know I’m supposed to be doing more than what I’m currently doing. I try to do what I can, but it still ends up being a “do good stuff on Sunday and live how you want the rest of the week” type lifestyle. And somehow I get the sneaking suspicion that that’s not how it’s supposed to be. So, here I wait. Patiently. I’m waiting to see just what God has in store for me. I’m waiting to see what He wants me to do – specifically – to enact change in this world and advance His glory. So there’s something coming. What it is, I’m not sure yet, but it will be coming. And it will be life-changing. I’m sure of that much.

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