As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
~ John 17:18
I don't think any of us realize that each day God has asked us to follow and to do for God, as we are each sent by God to go out into a world where it seems that everyone and everything wants a piece of us.
One of my favorite scriptures is from Ephesians when we are reminded that we are God's workmanship, created by God, to do God's will. (Ephesians 2:10) We act as if we have to choose how, where, and with whom to live.
Our reliance on God while allowing Christ to live in and through us, is not meant to be difficult.
Over the past few days I have watched as junior high aged youth have gotten to know each other at camp. It's been a long time since I was their age, but I can sure remember the struggles. I was always small for my age, and I wasn't all that great at sports. I did like to read, and I wore glasses. Yes, I was one of THOSE kids! I have to laugh, at camp I have discovered I love THOSE kids the most. Sit down and talk to them and for the most part they have a lot of things already figured out.
One of the girls shared that she likes watching it all. "It's almost like a reality television show, but it's really live."
She gets it. In reality, we all get it. It's living out our lives in a world that expects us to live a certain way. She, on the other hand, can already tell you about the person she hopes to become, and what it's going to take to get there.
I really like talking to youth this age about their faith. It's still the faith of a child with a dose of reality!
I can see why Jesus needs to remind us that like Jesus, we have been sent into the world to live, act, and do certain things. In order for us to be the living Christ in the world, it is up to us to invite Christ to have that chance to live within us.
There are many ways to do that, and there is no certain way that works for everyone, but there is this, we are all on a mission, and it begins with God sending us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to remember that my life is a gift, created by You, to follow Your will. Help me when the world seems to want all of me. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.