Have you ever noticed that life naturally drifts towards self-indulgence and self-interest? Being many years into my journey with Christ, I can’t say it’s any easier to assuage my flesh and live a truly selfless life. Sadly and painfully, the Spirit’s work in my life is revealing more of my broken selfish state.
So when the commercialized Christmas messages start piling up before my advent readings begin, it can be easy to drift down the path of least resistance.
I’ve been musing on the apparent tension between global and local mission endeavors during most of my adult life. I was that home-grown kid from the heartland of America that had my world rocked by the opportunity to live into my sent-ness in my early twenties. That was when my wife and I were sent by our church in Ohio to join a disciple-making team in the world-class city of London with Encompass World Partners. All of a sudden my provincial Midwestern upbringing and the values that it represented seemed out of place with a world that needed Jesus. A world I could see from the window of a small flat in the heart of the world’s most ethnically diverse city.