Friday, November 29, 2013

Niebuhr: called out and sent back

Friday, November 29, 2013
    [Jesus:] “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”
    —John 17:18 (NIV)
    The power and attraction Jesus Christ exercises over men never comes from him alone, but from him as Son of the Father. It comes from him in his Sonship in a double way, as man living to God and God living with men. Belief in him and loyalty to his cause involve men in the double movement, from world to God and from God to world. Even when theologies fail to do justice to this fact, Christians living with Christ in their cultures are aware of it. For they are forever being challenged to abandon all things for the sake of God; and forever being sent back into the world to teach and practice all the things that have been commanded them.
    ... H. Richard Niebuhr (1894-1962), Christ and Culture, New York: Harper, 1951, reprint, Harper & Row, 1956, p. 29 (see the book)
    See also John 17:15-18; Isa. 55:11; Matt. 28:19-20; John 5:19-23; 17:23; Phil. 3:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are always sending me back into the world.
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