Each week we boldly proclaim that, “We at Spirit in the Hills are people diversely centered in Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and sent to share God’s love in the world.”
In last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Luke 10:1-12, 16-20), Jesus sends out 70 disciples. In this sending, we see what it looks like to live as people who are sent. We see some of the particulars of what it looks like to be “sent to share God’s love in the world.”
It takes a posture of prayer. Jesus says, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers,” so we pray that we will keep being inspired and sent, but also that others will be sent out to share gospel love. Being sent by Jesus means having open arms. Jesus tells the disciples to, “Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals,” to take nothing with them but open arms ready to embrace and welcome others, and to receive the hospitality of others.
Being sent does not mean being on your own. Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs, and he sends them to, “Every town and place he himself intended to visit.” We have partners within our congregation, around our communities with groups like Helping Hands and Spicewood Elementary School, and around the world within and beyond the church. We are also reminded that we are not alone because we find Jesus at work, bringing healing and peace, in every town and place we visit. After all, it is God’s mission, and we are simply being sent to participate in it.
So each week, when we gather for worship and conclude our time together with a Benediction, Sending Hymn, and call to, “Go in peace. Serve the Lord,” we remember our call to take on this posture of being sent. We are empowered in our worship together by the presence of Christ to see and participate in the work of Christ happening all around us. Our Christian life does not go on hold until we gather again, rather it is expanded into every part of our lives so that we can share the peace, reconciliation, compassion, hospitality, and love of God in the world.
Blessings on your week,