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Sunday’s sermon, in preparation for the celebration of Easter, themed around three words: Find, Tell, Bring.  Mention was made of the “Great Commission” and immediately my mind began to wander down a bunny trail.

It started when I jotted down this: “Co-Mission.”  Because I am a word geek, before I knew it these words were randomly scrawled across my page: commit, common, community, communion, commiserate.  Having been invited to write this week’s blog, I decided it would be about the Great Commission.  After all, in my Tuesday morning prayer group, it’s been the center of our conversation for the last few weeks, so certainly this was a sign from God.  I would study it and then write three brilliant paragraphs.  I started with the Dictionary.

com·mis·sion

Noun
The authority to perform a task or certain duties.
Verb
To authorize; send on a mission.

Ah.  Not quite the “CO”-ness I was expecting.  And actually, commission is used most often as a military or legal term.  Well then, who termed Matthew 28 “The Great Commission” in the first place?  Turns out, nobody really knows.  But the idea seems to have first emerged in the 14th century.  What?  Does that mean it’s just a 14th century idea?

After trying to do just a little word sleuthing, I was already flummoxed!  I honestly and truly expected the word commission to fit hand-in-glove with the words communion and community.  Had I “mis”ed” it?  Meanwhile, God noticed how far I had hopped down my bunny trail and tapped me on the shoulder.  “Hey, let’s read Colossians.”

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.  We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.

Col 1:3-6, 9-12/New Living Translation

Wait.  That makes it sound more like an organic process and less like an ordered process!  The sharing of the Good News isn’t a command?  Haven’t we made a commitment?  But now you’re saying it’s more like farming?

Here is the beauty of God.  When the Good News goes out, it is both ordered and organic.  The act of scattering seeds is deliberate yet where they land is somewhat random.  So it is about living a good life and speaking life-giving words.  It is packing your suitcase yet being willing to leave it all behind.  It is intentionally planting and it is also waiting for the sun and rain, and time, to do their jobs.

And I think maybe that was the point of the sermon.  As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”

Lucinda Chumley

March 17, 2013

 

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Pastor Scott asked an important question about life today in this sermon.  He asked us, “What do you want your legacy to be?”  Just like the Israelites, we can forget what God has done for us.  We need to be intentional, like Joshua, and not forget the goodness of the Lord in our lives.  If we have children, we of course want to pass on our faith to them.  We want them to follow God their whole lives and never forget or walk away from their faith in Jesus.

One thing that Pastor Scott said that really stuck out to me was when he said,  “If I’m not aiming at something in my future, then there is nothing guiding my present reality toward change.”  After he said that, the Bible verse that came to my mind was Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish. What is God’s vision for your life and future?  What would God have you “aim” at?  The Bible says that before the world was created, God knew you and had a plan for your life!  The Bible also says that Jesus died on the cross so that we may have life and life abundantly!  His plan for our lives is better than we can imagine it!

I think we need the vision Jesus has for our lives.

No matter the legacy we inherited, it’s our choice if we continue that legacy, or start a new one.  Whether our parents were Christians and we continue from what they tried to instill in us, or if our family was like Pastor Scott’s and we are starting a new family branch in the family of God…we have to decide what we want to be, and what we want to leave as our legacy.  Will we follow Christ? Or will we forget?

The good news is, if we are saved, we are a new creation in Christ! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Whatever our past, we can start new because of Jesus! If we were born into a family that we do not want to replicate, we can start new because of Christ! We don’t have to repeat the same mistakes and pass on the sin that may be in our families.  We can start new!  And if you find yourself thinking, “Well, I’ve already passed on those traits and my kids are screwed up because of me”, you can go to them and ask their forgiveness and start new today.  Jesus also says that His mercies are new every morning.  We can ask Jesus for forgiveness each day and ask for His help to not repeat the same patterns of failure.  We can ask Him to change us and to make us more like Him. We can ask our Heavenly Father to pass on His character traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and faithfulness- the Fruit of the Spirit! Through the grace of Christ, we can pass on a legacy modeled after Christ.

Julia Palmer

Joshua- Leaving a legacy  3/3/13