At the beginning of The Hobbit, which is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins is enjoying a comfortable and predictable life in his home in The Shire, a quiet, serene place where the Hobbits live. But when the mysterious Gandalf drops in for a surprise visit, Bilbo’s life is changed forever. Gandalf says to Bilbo, “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.” Bilbo replies, “I should think so— especially in these parts! We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things! They make you late for dinner!”
Bilbo resists and resists and resists. But finally… something stirs in his heart, and he knows that if he doesn’t go along, it will be his loss. No longer does he resist. No longer does he feel as if he has to go out of guilt or fear. Now, he wants to go! And he chases after Gandalf to be part of the adventure.
That is what I pray will happen to us at Creekstone! Something will begin stirring in our hearts—the missional desire to see others exposed to the glory of God’s grace in Jesus!
No longer will the thought of mission be something for others, but something for us. We will have a missionary identity! We will invest in the mission with our monetary resources. We will serve on the team by using our gifts. We’ll invest in relationships and invite folks to come be exposed to the message of a crucified and risen Jesus. And I believe that, as every member is a missionary, like in Acts 2, the Lord will add to the number of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).