It seems that I’m constantly seeking to understand and apply God’s calling and destiny. I have no doubt that He has called me and that He has laid a path before me that is unique to my anointing and giftings. What’s so challenging is understanding how the environment where I grew up and the culture that I was exposed to in seminary, could be so completely opposite to the very place & culture where God has led me to impact. I’m a living paradox! Trust me, I’ve scratched my head many times asking God, “are you sure I’m the guy for this?”
The bottom line is, His ways are FAR above our ways – God knows what He’s doing! I just need to submit & serve! And, through this obedience, I desire to understand more & more… and so it seems that I’m becoming a missiologist.
Wikipedia: describes “Missiology“, or mission science, as the area of practical theology which investigates the mandate, message and work of the Christian missionary. Missiology is a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural reflexion on all aspects of the propagation of the Christian faith, embracing theology, anthropology, history, geography, theories and methods of communication, comparative religion, Christian apologetics, methodology, and interdenominational relations.
One of a missiologist’s most difficult challenges is to distinguish between practices that are essential to Christianity and therefore must be practised by Christians in all cultures, and other strictly cultural expressions of Christianity that can be changed and adapted to a different culture. You know, leaving what’s sacred alone but adjusting those things that are cultural so that they have the ultimate impact.
I have not fully grasped all the dynamics of missiology, especially as it pertains to my current call, but I am enjoying my time in the lab! With each page I turn of His Word and with each amazing lecture spoken to my heart by His Spirit, I become more and more aware of who I am, where I am, and why… and even greater, I become more and more aware of WHO HE IS – knowing that He is with me and that His purpose will be completed in and through my life…
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 msg.
on a mission… for life! Chilly
Q: Have you figured out your mission & mission field?
Q: What’s your NUMBER ONE gift that God designed you to use?
— Psst, ask someone who knows you!