TO FOLLOW JESUS is to be continuously pushing our own boundaries in loving our neighbor. This task becomes joy when it is coupled with continuously pushing our boundaries to loving God. In too many cases our lives of mission are too separate from the life of prayer. By inviting the Spirit into mission discernment, we move toward balancing the guiding principles of healthy church life….
[Perhaps] we have narrowed our sense of mission so much that we’ve forgotten to look outside our walls and invite our community to participate with us in new life. Perhaps we are ready for God to burst our self-imposed barriers, as they were inspired to do. Perhaps it’s time to more faithfully practice loving God with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27).
—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life
From page 67 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Who is outside your self-imposed walls? Share your thoughts.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
—Matthew 5: 43-47, NRSV
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