"You keep using that word...
(I think it is pronounced Hhhaword--you know with the not-so-silent hha.)
I do not think it means what you think it means..."
So, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you have not seen the Princess Bride. If that is so, I can only tell you that was Inigo Montoya’s response when Vizini kept using the word “inconceivable,” more than what was necessary. I challenged our Launch Team to read the gospel of John, a chapter a day and read it in light of the end, at least part of the end. I challenged each of us to read it in light of the place where Jesus says to his disciples (and therefore us), “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” This should tell us that we are sent just like Jesus is sent. This begs the question, “How was Jesus sent?”
If only I could read the gospel of John with Inigo Montoya, the two of us would see that Jesus “keeps using that word!” He keeps using the word “sent,” in particular referring to “The father who sent me.” In the gospel of John, he uses it 55 times! There are only 21 chapters.
In chapter nine, reflecting on the question of suffering and injustice presented by the experience of a man born blind, Jesus tells his followers, As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4-5). In a world of injustice and blindness, he calls his followers to stay focused, not on reacting to the immediate problems, but rather on fulfilling the calling he has received from the father.
For Jesus, he say that fulfilling that calling will bring illumination to the world as he is the light of the world. But he is not anymore.
Jesus has accomplished what he was sent for. Now, it is our turn. You and I each have a purpose to fulfill and doing so will reveal us together as the light of the world. Our works don’t make us the light of the world, but they reveal us as the light of the world. Just like Jesus is sent, so are we. As we demonstrate his goodness in the places we are sent and in the ways we go, we illuminate the world, We are now, as Jesus was sent to be, the light of the world.
So, while it is day, let’s get to the work he has sent us to do.
When it comes to our church plant, it is time to be the church so we can have a church.