WE CONFIDENTLY ASSERT that the essence of our witness is relationship because God chose to become a part of this world through Christ. God-with-us is God-among-us, God sharing every part of our lives. The ministry of Jesus reflected God’s presence in the time he spent with people, especially those at the margins of society. The meals he shared, the conversations with outcasts and leaders alike, his concern for those who came to hear him speak, all remind us that the essence of our work is the forging of relationships.
Again, we are mistaken if we think it is our activities that are at the heart of mission. Constructing buildings, providing medical care, and helping with education projects are all important. But, more importantly, through these tasks we witness to the God among us.
– A Mission Journey
From page 7 of A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers. Copyright © 2013 by General Board of Global Ministris of The United Methodist Church. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where are you forging relationships? How is God a part of them? Share your thoughts.
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 Samuel 7:13, NRSV
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This week we remember: Dorothea Dix (July 18).
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