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Called to be Sent.

May 6, 2009

I’m currently working on a sermon for this coming Sunday & was thinking you could help me with something…
Below you’ll find I have a basic premise & I’m going to ask you to respond by commenting below or sending me an e-mail.

Okay…here goes.

Christians.

We are CALLED by God to Jesus. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” ~ John 6:44a (ESV)

We are then SENT by Jesus to tell others about Jesus. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” ~ Matthew 28:19a (ESV) & “…and you will be my witnesses…” ~ Acts 1:8b (ESV)

Okay…here are the questions:

#1. What does being SENT mean? What are you sent to/for? Who? Where?

#2. How do you personally act out your SENTness?

#3. Can you as one who is CALLED be excused from being SENT? If so, show me a Bible verse (in context).

#4. What would it look like if all who were CALLED actually lived out their SENTness?

Thank-you…and blessings.

He must increase, I must decrease. John 3:30

He must increase, I must decrease. John 3:30

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  1. May 6, 2009 6:36 pm

    Mark, if we are called then we are sent. I think we often struggle about where we are sent. Some of us are called (or actually sent) to other places, or even other cultures or nations. I think for most of us we need to look at our surroundings, at the people God has placed in our lives.
    It is to these places that God is sending us.
    What will happen when more of those who are called go to where they are sent? Where I live I see the clear results of brokeness. When people go to where they are being sent, More people will turn to Christ

  2. Dietrich permalink
    May 6, 2009 7:46 pm

    Hi Mark,
    According to Matthew 28, I understand the key words/verb to be “make disciples.” “Go, therefore…” is like saying, “ok, here’s what I want you to do. He then goes to say “make disciples of every nation.” So in regards to your first question, my understanding is that the question isn’t so much about “where we’re sent” but rather “what we’re sent to do.” If I’m correct 😉 then it isn’t so much about being sent to “Africa” (actually, I want to go back to Africa, honest!) and more about what our lives are to be focused about. Yes? No?

  3. June permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:59 am

    We are sent by Jesus to go into the world and preach the gospel.
    We act our sentness by being prepared to share the gospel, by spending time with non believers building relationships where we can have an influence, by being bold enough to share our faith with them, and finally by giving them an opportunity to respond to Jesus by inviting Him into their lives.
    No there are no exceptions, we are all called to be sent. We are not all called to do it in the same way, but we are all called to be part of the process.
    If everyone shared their faith, the whole world would have had the opportunity to hear the gospel and there would be far more Christians.

  4. Robin permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:08 am

    Hey Mark … you asked for it …

    Concerning your first question, from the words of Jesus, see John 17:18 and 20:21. As Jesus was sent so he sends you. Figure out how and why the Father sent his Son and you will have the basics on what it means for you to be sent. How that will look in your life I don’t really know. Where is wherever you end up.

    How do you act it out? Rather, I think, it’s who you are at heart. You have the Father’s heart for this world in you. And from there it effects all of your life … everything about you is colored by being sent. We can’t help ourselves, it’s what we do. Follow Jesus’ life through the gospels and see how he expressed his heart to this world. See also how the early church followed in his steps. Find the principles and truths, then just go with it.

    No believer can be excused from being SENT. How can one opt out of the main purpose the church has while in this world? Every Christian contributes toward this (for better or for worse, make yours for the better(-:).

    Question four … societies would be spiritually affected on every level! We can also expect a little trouble from the world on this, but that’s as Jesus promised in Matthew 10 … grin and bear it … you haven’t got a better strategy then Jesus.

    • markmyles permalink
      May 7, 2009 9:47 pm

      Knew I could count on you, Robin for something that was to the point. 😉

  5. Leo Myles permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:20 am

    Hi Mark,
    As Christians, we have a message of hope that is to be so filling our lives that people that we meet on a daily basis see that hope shining out. Scripture says that we are to be ready to give an answer to those who ask of us a reason for the hope that we have (that they see). in this regard we are to, as Paul said, make all men see…

    Just before Jesus was taken up into heaven in Acts chp.1 He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
    Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith He], ye have heard of Me.
    Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
    Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
    Act 1:7 And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.
    Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses (martyrs-laying down your life) unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

    As the scriptures say, there is a waiting and a preparation process that we all need to go through. During this process, we will experience rejection, isolation, misunderstanding and disappointment. It is of the utmost importance to know that: 1. God has a call on our lives where each of us will hopefully fulfill His divine will for us, 2. God is putting us through a preparation time (the Lord has made me as a polished shaft), 3. After the preparation, there is a time of waiting on God for the perfect time (in His quiver hath He hid me). We need to be fully convinced that it is God who will open the way before us as He takes us from His quiver (that place of isolation) and places us in His bow to be shot at the target He wants to hit.
    Remember, John the Baptist as well as Jesus and many, many others were in the wilderness until the day of their shewing unto Israel.
    As we delight ourselves in the Lord, His divine will will track us down and overtake us. This is what david meant when he said in Ps. 23: Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life… And all these blessings will overtake you.
    God’s perfect plan for our lives cannot be held back and we need not fear missing it if we delight ourselves in Him. As Jesus said, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.
    There remains a rest for the people of God who are able to enter into a time of being utterly convinced that “it is God that works within you both to will and to accomplish His pleasure”!
    Be Blest

  6. markmyles permalink
    May 7, 2009 12:54 pm

    The following is from a friend, Chris Miller, who e-mailed me his response. I asked him if I could put it here because I think he has some very valuable insights. Thanks CHRIS!

    Mark:

    So, you want some response/feedback/thoughts for your sermon?

    Here are a few things I’m working, that may relate to the questions you’ve asked, and that I came up with in just a couple minutes. I don’t have scripture verses to back this up. I’m still working on this.

    My thought is that being “sent” isn’t so much a sending as a realization of who we are. In light of our new identities we are authorized, or better yet made, to act a certain way. The way in which we are to act, or the actions we take, involve making disciples.

    We are then called by God to Jesus so that we can be remade into the people we were designed to be, but have failed to be since sin corrupted and deteriorated us.

    It is after all that Jesus has done in the life of the disciples that he send them out with the words of Matthew 28. It strikes me that the commissioning statements between when they are sent out at first in Matthew 10, and finally in Matthew 28 are very different.
    “Go no where among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.’ — Matthew 10:5-8

    “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20

    Sure there are similarities–essentially disciple making is at the heart of both statements in that telling people the “Kingdom of heaven is at hand” is turning people towards Jesus.

    these statements fall on opposite sides of Jesus death and resurrection. In “commissioning” 1 there wasn’t a way yet for sin to be dealt with completely. They were still under the law of the old testament. Sure that was about to change shortly, but they are still living in a pre-Easter world. Therefore, I think the last half of Matthew 28:18 is of great importance. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” While Jesus had incredible amounts of authority prior to his death, his coming back to life after being dead is an incredible display of power over death. It is an even greater display than when he raised lazarus. Sure anyone can raise another from the dead, but raise himself? That’s tricky.
    Now I’m perhaps rambling.

    Let me sum it up.
    I think being sent isn’t a grand commissioning or being sent away, it’s being called to live the way we were meant to live.
    This brings me to your third question: “Can you as one who is CALLED be excused from being SENT?”

    I don’t see the two as being separate. Again, we are “called” to Jesus so that we can be the “sent.” If one is to be called to Jesus but deny living the way they were meant to (not be sent) that would be a rejection of God. I think it’s easier to reject the calling then the sending.

    It’s your fourth question that has me the most perplexed. Easy answer is that if we lived the way we were created to live, each one of us would be making disciples as we go about our daily business.
    But that is a ridiculously vague answer.
    What would it look like for each and ever Christian to be making disciples as they go about their daily lives?
    I sometimes wonder if that would mean we’d be out of a job. Would we need professional pastors? Or would everyone be
    living as the priest they were made to be?
    Well there’s some thoughts.
    Feel free to ask follow up questions if you like.

    Chris Miller

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