The term Missio Dei is part of the language we use to consider who we are and what we are called to do as followers of Christ. From Latin, Missio Dei can be translated as “mission of God” or the “sending of God.” God’s whole purpose or mission is to bring all people to know and put their trust in Him.
Theologian David Bosch reminds us, “Mission is not primarily an activity of the church but an attribute of God. God is a missionary God.” He also says, “Mission is thereby seen as a movement of God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love.”
As you gaze on your Christmas lights and manger scene, think about how the All-Powerful God sent Jesus into the world. This sending God not only sent Jesus to us; He also invites us to participate in Missio Dei by sending us into the world to be His hands and feet, bringing Good News to others.
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” —John 20:21
God has the plan, the mission, and invites us to participate in the work of bringing all people to know, worship and follow Him. In these Advent days, reflect on how God is calling you to be part of Missio Dei. Who do you know who needs to hear the Good News today?