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Apostolic Imagination

Jun 18, 2017 - Rev. Dr. Mark Stamm

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In Matthew, Jesus went about teaching, proclaiming the good news, and curing every sickness. The call to action for this text is: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” We are called to pray for God’s harvest, but there is a better question – what happens when we offer that prayer daily?

When we pray for justice or for God’s action to change something in our world, God’s response is often, “Yes! What about you?” When we pray for something to change we also volunteer to join God’s work in the world and we allow God to begin teaching us to do something that we haven’t before. We are not only disciples who follow Jesus and learn from him, but we are apostles – ones who are sent to continue the work that Jesus has been doing. So, when we pray, we employ an apostolic imagination to dream about what God may do in, through, and with us.

Our prayers often seem like a small thing to do – when we pray for peace and an end to violence after tragedies like the Pulse nightclub shooting, or the shooting of police officers in downtown Dallas. However, when we pray we are imagining a new future through the gospel and opening ourselves up to participating in God’s will to bring peace.

Food for Thought:

  • Introduce yourself to a neighbor, colleague, or acquaintance who is very different than yourself. Try to know them as a human being, not merely an object.
  • As you pray this morning for the tragedies you see in the news in Virginia, London, and elsewhere, listen to where God may be inviting you to take action to make your prayer a reality.
  • Take joy knowing that you have been called by God as a laborer to change the world, and give thanks for the transformations you have already seen in your life.

Dear sent ones of God, live into your prayers for a new future and let them shape your imagination. May you feel God’s nudge and invitation to be part of the transforming gospel in the world. Amen.

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