bits from bob....
In the development of our natural lives, our ambitions also develop. We grow and mature. In the Christian life; yet the goal at the beginning and the goal at the end are the same. We start with Christ and we end with Christ. We are seeking to fulfill his way in our lives, to become like him, to reach a measure of his stature. We aim to do God's will. Especially as we consider missions, we must take care that our goal is not to preach, to be useful, to grow a church, to win souls, or any one of a number of other good things. Our aim is to do the Father's will.
Luke speaks of this goal in the life of our Lord under the metaphor of "going to Jerusalem." In Jerusalem Jesus reaches the climax of the cross, the ultimate evidence of his commitment to the Father's will. He lived his life on the way--speaking, helping, sharing, hurting.
We walk in his steps. We are not above him, we must be like him. We are on our way to an ultimate destiny--our Jerusalem. God's work in us will be manifested along the way, we will be blessed and be a blessing. Some will be grateful, others hateful. Regardless, we are on our way to do the Father's will if we are genuinely sent by him.
No other goal is acceptable. The goal of missions is not measured by mundane achievements. Ultimately, we send missionaries and ministers to do the Father's will, and to help us and others do the Father's will.
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