Missio Lux had the third and last Build Team meeting Saturday. The Build Team was gathered to lay the foundation for Missio Lux through writing a mission, vision, and values statement. We also spent a lot of time re-envisioning what can be: through our leader Jesus and his call for us to follow. We are beginning to intentionally listen to his voice, and we are working hard to hear one another.
In many ways we can relate to the Israelites as they waited to cross over into the Promised Land. Mosese was dead, along with the period of 40 years of wandering in the desert. Now the Israelites were ready to cross over into new lands and new ways of living. They were leaving the old behind and embracing the new.
This is what we intentionally did on Saturday. We made a conscious decision to leave an old way, thought, habit, pattern, paradigm, experience, behind. As we put our rock on the altar, we also embraced a new way to live out our faith. I sat there and watched as people came and left their yellow sticky tags, one on the left for the old way left behind and the one on right as the new way to embrace, with their rock in the middle. I was struck by the courage of those that have committed themselves to walk in a new way. In many ways, it is easier to maintain the status quo and let the river of life take us away.
But, each person who put their rock on the altar represents a life that God has touched in a significant way, so that the status quo is no longer an option for their faith.
The people that crossed over the river with Joshua were a transitional generation. They only heard the stories from their parents of how the Egyptian chariots were coming upon them and God pulled back the Red Sea so that they could cross through. They knew the years of wandering in the desert, eating the same thing for 40 years.....I bet that the manna didn't taste as good then as it did in the beginning. But, they were able to embrace the new land with anticipation and live into God's promise of a new inheritance.
So, it is with us.
We have heard the stories of how God rose up and moved dramatically in history, but it has happened so seldom with us. We have wandered in the desert for a long time, living out the faith that we were taught, but not walking in the fullness of God's supernatural presence in us. But, as we leave it behind, we anticipate that God's timing and his rapid movement that is springing up . . . . to live like the Israelites who after they crossed over heard the Lord say: "Tell your children that 'Israel crossed the Jordan river on dry ground.' For the Lord Your God dried up the Jordan before you crossed over. The Lord Your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord Your God."
Missio Lux: may we know that the Lord Our God is powerful and may we always fear him. He will take us into the unknown land and we will see his hand move in ways we never dreamed possible.