Fulfilling His Purposes With A Missional Intent
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 3:13-14
But how can we work toward this goal? Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” serves as a constant reminder to us. We need to draw strength and courage from the One Above All, who will help us through it all. By bowing our heads together in prayer, we deepen our relationship with the Lord and solidify the foundation of our faith to be like a house built on a rock, able to withstand the crashing waves of doubt and the turbulent winds of worries. It is through this that we can swim above life’s currents and strive towards a communal goal fixated on a shared vision.
Forging A Localization Of The Gospel In Diverse Communities
Believing that He is the God of every person will make us realize that there is no such thing as an ultimate, superior, and universal formula to make the Gospel reach the hearts of all communities in the Philippines. The session was an awakening reminder to debunk the idea of Western-led initiatives as the sole benchmark in evangelizing through all tribes and tongues. We are not meant to be rigid. We are not meant to blindly follow a traditional path, in which we forcefully fit a bigger shoe into a smaller one. Embracing diversity calls us to reassess, realign, and reprioritize our practices. Glorifying mere tradition will cloud our perspectives to build Kingdom initiatives that are meant to put to light societal taboos instead of neglecting to address them.
As we mirror what Jesus has done and trust that He is in control even in the midst of impossible situations, we will be able to reflect Christ-centered practices to cater to different people from various walks of life. A contextualization of the Gospel in every community will make the message of salvation encompass varieties of cultures and people groups in a more localized manner. After all, He isn’t a God who favors one group more than the other. The God who bears no favorites is the God of every person.