- Word and action.
- Promises and promises kept.
- Proclamation and fulfillment.
If we have an image of God that leans toward action, then we are left with little understanding of what God says about what God is doing. We find it hard to know what is and what is not God acting. We are left with an arbitrary god who does whatever we want him to be doing. Our words, god’s actions. This too is impacting the way we try to do mission. I see this happening in all kinds of "missional" talk when great things (usually growth and success) occur. It seems like we have "missionalized" church-growth talk. Outreach that is successful, must be interpreted as God's way of being missional. But when it comes to mission, I've found that God is most present in the struggle.
I think that many of us waffle between words and action Like a tetter-totter, we gravitate to the Word side when we need concrete direction. And then we fall to the action side and see God in everything that happens in life and assume that we know what God is doing, without actually asking the Spirit to show us the reality of what's going on.
Following Jesus in God's mission in this world requires:
- Hearing God's words
- Waiting on his actions
God speaks about what the Spirit is doing in the world (neighborhoods, workplaces, in families, etc.) and he acts in ways that reveal how we can get involved. We need missional training so that we can pay attention to what God is speaking and so we can see how God is acting.
Difference Makers. We make a difference as we learn to hear what God is saying about his mission and as we observe what God is doing. Then we can properly enter into God's words and actions, thereby giving us the ability to make God's kind of difference in the world.