There are a lot of people heading out, I have noticed. Some are heading out on vacation now that school is finished. I know two different families in our church who are heading out for long trips with Navigators to encourage and strengthen that mission around the world. Another friend left yesterday on a three week trip through Southeast Asia to assess the effectiveness of ministries his clients grant money. Graduates are heading out on new adventures. Heading out.
Our church has a lot of people heading out and I bet yours does too. Our High School Ministry leaves on the mission trip this Saturday. Our Children’s Ministries staff are getting ready to head out to summer camp. We recently had a mission team in India. It's a season of heading out.
We are all heading out. And not just moving out on adventure or jumping forward into opportunities, but we are heading out because we have been sent. We are sent. God sends us out. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) As Christians, we need to understand that wherever we are, we have been sent. We live our lives as "sent" people.
A healthy church understands itself as a sent body. As a matter of fact, you are being sent right where you are. You are sent by God into the relationships you have, the workplace, school, or pool where you sit. As followers of Jesus it is our character to live as “sent” people wherever we are. Your church is sent to your city as a community of witness from another world, another way of life, another city. A thriving church is a garrisoned outpost of the Kingdom of Heaven, to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus.
That's the good news about how God sends us—and He sends us together. You don’t have to go it alone. When Jesus sent His followers on mission, He sent them two by two. Together, we are living out the mission of God. Together we are sent.
'After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. ' Luke 10:1