Collaboration is working together to achieve shared goals. It's not just the intersection of our own personal goals but a deep, collective determination to reach an identical objective. Collaborating with Christ means adopting His mission as our mission and living in His freedom to work creatively with the many co-laborers in the church. This week Pastor Josh Kelsey spoke on how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Mirrored Reflections // Samuel Nicolosi
Missional Christianity is a hot trend in the body of Christ right now - a major buzzword and concept in the spotlight, and rightly so. Knowing our mission as believers, knowing what we are to do and why we do it is so very important. And it’s always great to assess those concepts with which we engage by asking the most basic questions: Does our mission arise from the heart of God? Is it advanced by the arm of the Spirit, or the arm of our flesh?
As Pastor Josh pointed out, Jesus’ mission can be found in Isaiah 61. Read closely, we observe that His mission is collaborative in nature. He said that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him - He collaborated with the Holy Spirit to do what the Father tasked Him with doing. And then, with the Great Commission in Matthew 28, Jesus turns to us and extends that mission to us all, inviting us in to do what He did, and more! We have a chance now, like Jesus did, to collaborate with the Holy Spirit in releasing captives, in opening prison doors, in restoring vision and healing the sick. And, like he did with Jesus, the Father has put others around us to shoulder this divine mission. Jesus had the twelve disciples and the women who followed Him; we have our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In the Bible, Jesus not only found His mission spelled out for Him (Isaiah 61), but He also found His identity, an identity pre-written for Him by the Father and the Holy Spirit. As Pastor Josh reminded us, if Jesus needed to find His identity and mission in the Scriptures, how much greater is the need for us to do the same! James tells us in his epistle that the Living Word is a mirror for us, in which we can peer and find out what manner of person we truly are: one made in the very likeness of Jesus, a spitting image of who He is. When we see ourselves as a direct reflection of Jesus, then we will live as He lived and do what He did, because we share in the family likeness—we are collaborators with Christ, made in the image and likeness of God the Father Himself. That is good news!