25th October 2013

God Who Sends 

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world
John 17:18 (NIV UK)

God is in the business of sending.

He sent his Word through whom the universe came into being. The Father and the Son sent the Spirit through whom we are adopted as the children of God. God sends his angels as ministering spirits to help and assist us as he sees fit. He sent the prophets to the Israelites who ignored his message more often than not. And, of course, he sent his only beloved Son so that whosoever believes in him would be saved.

God sends. The remarkable thing is that he sends ordinary people like you and me to continue the work of his Son. This is what John was referring to in the scripture above. He does not send us away from the world, but into the world. Just as Christ was sent into society to walk among us, so we are sent by Christ to walk among the people we know and those we don’t know yet. John also explains the message, which we are sent to proclaim: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (17:3).

The sending concept is throughout both the old and the new testaments. When Jesus was calling some fishermen to be his disciples, he explained: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people” (Mark 1:17).

The work of Christ is not something we leave to someone else. We are called to participate in what Christ is doing. We are sent to join with him in his salvation work.

I wonder how we react to being sent. In the book of Isaiah God poses the question, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Let’s take hold of Isaiah’s response and make it ours: “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

Father, thank you that you have sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit into my life. Use me please to continue the work of your Son. Here am I, Lord. Send me!  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible2About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  On Sunday, the 27th October, James is speaking at our Denominational Conference, which begins at 10am in Allum Hall, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, WD6 3PJ. Guest speakers are Alan Torrance and Joseph Tkach. Why not join us?  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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