What kind of vision do you have? How do you perceive of yourself within this thing we call the Kingdom of God? Have you thought about how you fit within God’s economy? Have you ever considered that in God all things are possible? God has a record of using the rejects, the disenfranchised, those without a reputation (they had lost whatever one they had), those who would not even be considered an option by the standards of the world, failures, criminals and prostitutes. You name the kind of people, God has a knack of redeeming those kinds of people, and gives them a life filled with value and purpose and destiny, His eternal purpose! Have you considered the creedal philosophy of Buzz Lightyear?
Our family loved Toy Story, and in particular the characters and their underlying issues, which were really our own issues of belonging and purpose. Today I heard a message shared at a local assembly, where a man shared insights from Acts chapter 6, and the life of Stephen in particular, and commented on his grandson’s love of Buzz Lightyear, and that line in the movie, “To infinity and beyond!” The speaker was addressing the issue of focused commitment and viewing challenges as opportunities.
Living missionally simply means living life the way God intended it, to be an extension of the Kingdom of heaven on earth. Christians are God’s “Grace Agents” and have an eternal purpose to advance the Kingdom of God. Those whom God chooses, He equips and empowers for works of service. When you are a citizen of heaven, you do not rely upon your own devices, your own resources, or your own strength. God enables those whom He has called, to works of discipleship and mission, and He is the one responsible for its accomplishment. That is what it means to rest in Him, and to allow Him to manifest His life in and through us as we engage with those whom He is drawing near. Our only hope, is to come alongside the purposes of God, and as we do, lay down our own agendas so that His mission will become our mission, and we will find our joy and contentment, in coming to that place, where we delight in trusting and obeying, and in seeing His will accomplished in the lives of others.
We must come to this place, much like the character, Buzz Lightyear, and understand that as in his reference to “eternity and beyond,” we place our trust in God who is eternal, and we have the very deposit of eternity within our own hearts as a result of our relationship in Him. We do indeed go to “eternity” and reach “beyond” every time we exercise our faith in God and obey Him and see His purposes fulfilled. To find joy, hope, grace, and fulfilment, we need to look to the eternal God, and trust and believe beyond our own capacity to comprehend, for as we do, like Augustine, we will declare, “I believe in order to understand.” Belief and trust come from the same Greek word, and it is beyond our understanding. But we are never called to figure it all out and then obey. We are called to trust (believe, exercise faith) and obey (fulfill the commands of Christ).
This week, I am learning little by little, that as I yield to Christ, and as I rest in Him, it becomes easier to trust, and easier to obey. Like Buzz Lightyear, I want to look “to eternity and beyond” and find my hope in the One who is sovereign over all things in life, and even knows the number of hairs on my head.
Today we were challenged with a six word prayer, and it is the most difficult pray to pray in faith and to accept and walk out its results. If you want to “live large,” praying this prayer will result in more than you could ever dream or expect. Six words. “Lord Jesus, anything, anytime, anywhere. Amen.” Short, to the point, and looming very large! Will you dare pray it with me, to infinity and beyond?