Apr 15

Four-eyed Disciples of Jesus

There are times when you are driving down a long straight country road in the summer, or any time of year in the outback, when the horizon blurs.  The distinction between land and sky is obliterated In a haze. It appears to become a continuum. I was reminded of such memories when I was involved in a wonderful conversation in the new Mission Development Working Group last Sunday as we got talking about what we understand  ‘mission’ is. We got to discussing what, if any, is the distinction between good works and mission. It is clear that many people engage in good works who would not want to be identified with the mission of God. Likewise, following the example of Jesus, we know that participating in the mission of God in the world will inevitably mean we are doing good works. Sometimes it’s hard to delineate the concepts. Somewhere in there the differentiation between ‘good works’ and ‘mission’ blurs, and we are left exploring methodology and motivation. To be involved in the mission of God we need to develop the vision of the anablep, a four-eyed fish (no jokes now, I wear glasses). The anablep has two eyes that look for food beneath the surface and two that keep watch for predators from above the water. What a marvellous facility. Perhaps our challenge as followers of Jesus is to better develop this dual vision … to see the needs of the vulnerable and the marginalised in our world for whom Jesus expressed a clear prejudice, but also to more clearly appreciate the heart of God and live in close relationship with our God so that our lives dance in concert with the heart of God. I suspect the differentiation between good works and mission might become increasingly seamless the more we develop this kind of vision. It’s a shame you can’t all be members of this Working Group. But you can talk to us if you are interested.

(Rev) Stan