Our God the Sender
In this week leading up to our Easter celebrations, my attention has once again turned to the sending nature of God. Whenever I think about this subject, it is always helpful to read the works of Francis DuBose. His book “God Who Sends” is a classic and, unfortunately, difficult to find. However, I believe these words from the Prologue are helpful for us on this week of meditating on the work of Christ and finding our place in the work of the church.
from the Prologue of “God Who Sends”
The Christian life is a spiritual pilgrimage. It is not a journey to a shrine which has limitations of space and time. It is a journey into life, a life so rich no limitation of space and time is able to contain it. Jesus came on a pilgrimage to earth to give us life. He said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This life, which he brings to us and which has its source in the Heavenly Father, is inexhaustible in its meaning. And this life he has invited us to share. This invitation into life, moreover, is an invitation to share the good news of that life with others. We join him in his pilgrimage, a journey into the glories of his kingdom, into the beauties of his family, into the limitless love of his outreached arms. He calls us into partnership, to explore with him his purpose for life and humanity. This is why he came. This is why he was sent. His sense of mission was inseparable from his self-identity. The stamp of his identity upon us leaves indelibly the imprint of his missional purpose upon our image. This the New Testament makes clear. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (John 20:21).