THE LOST ARE FOUND / THE FOUND ARE FREED / THE FREED ARE CONNECTED / THE CONNECTED ARE COMMISSIONED
27th May // Commissioned – Day 27 // Living with a Missional Perspective
Reading – John 9
A few weeks ago I was driving along minding my own business thinking about what I was going to make for tea. As I turned a corner I was greeted with a beautiful bank of bright sunshine yellow in the form of daffodils. They were stunning, bright and vibrant, the flower heads standing proud amongst a sea of green. They had been planted on this well-tended bank months before in preparation for the spring when they would burst forth in the stunning array which made me take a moment out from my tea preparation thoughts to admire the beauty of nature. Needless to say, as I was driving, I soon passed by, all be it with a smile of admiration on my face. The next corner I turned I was again faced with a sea of beautiful shining yellow, this time however at second glance it was an unloved verge on a country lane and the colour was provided not by daffodils but by dandelions, a nuisance, an unwanted unloved weed. My first thought was not that it was a weed but the fact that there was beauty in it regardless, the same vibrant yellow in the sea of green. It brightened the verge and made me smile and brought colour to my day. One was a beautiful flower and one was a weed just because that’s how society has always viewed them, though both had the potential to brighten up a dull bank of grass.
In that moment, in the middle of a normal everyday task, God spoke to me and showed me how we can look at two people who have the same potential in two different ways. Do we do that with people sometimes I wonder? Do we look at people or nations and make assumptions based on a glance or on what society says? Do we write them off or underestimate what God can do with their lives? We don’t know what is in their heart, what their pain is or what their perspective is. We don’t know the potential that they carry. To live life with a missional perspective means to look at people with kindness and treat them with equal love, to reach out and look at people through God’s eyes and not the eyes of the world, to see their potential. Every day is a chance to be missional. For some of us that means getting on a plane, train or boat and leaving our country, and for others it’s a case of getting into the car and going to Asda. But in both these cases we are called to have God’s perspective on the people we encounter. If we live our lives asking God, “What do you want to do today?” wherever we go lives will be changed.
John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
By Heather Anderson