It was the last day of 40 days of purpose. Loring and I were invited to set up a propaganda booth at Easthaven Baptist Church (our sending church) and to give a 20 minute â€œtalkâ€ on the theology of missions. I was trying to tie together the mission emphasis of Easthaven with the mission of God. Well it was pretty easy. I picked up the famed book by Rick Warren and began to read the first sentence. â€œIt's not about you.â€ It seemed clear that if you didn't get anything out of the book you should get that. So off I went.
It was nice to see so many familiar faces in the foyer. It felt like a family reunion. We passed out our prayer cards, brochures and tried to recruit folks for short term missions. Loring and I were absolutely floored at the zeal of Tim and Marcie Bochman who are on the mission board and also coordinated this event. They are both M.K.'s (missionary kids) and have a passion for returning to the mission field somewhere in the middle east or Asia. We give thanks for these two and pray for patience and joy in their wait.
In addition thanks to all who have have bent their knees and lifted us up in prayer. The road is going to be bumpy, long and narrow. Even at the beginning of this journey, which started three years ago, it is clear to see that this is not a mission Dan and Loring are on but one we have begun with many of you. We (as in you and us) are partners in the gospel. I'm serious when I say that holding the rope will require something of you. Just as going into the well will cost us something.
We were asked the question in class this week, â€œWhat is the purpose of the church?â€ It is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. It was, is and always will be about Him, not us. C.S. Lewis said that we are like children content to play with mud patties when vacation at the coast would be so much better. We are so easily entertained and thus stray far off the mission God has set His church on. This is a war-time effort, turning leisure cruise liners into troop transports or vacation home to barracks.Â I know I'm mixing metaphors but you get the point.Â This 60-90 years is not the focus or the pinnacle. It is the blinking of an eye, a quick vapor that will escape us. The goal is not to arrive safely at death.Â In heavenÂ there will be no more preaching, no more suffering, no cross to bear, no affliction, all these will be no more. Neither will there be the ability to go back and redo the things we did not do that we wish we would have.Â Do the thing, regardless of the cost, it will cost far too muchÂ to not to.