Tuesday, February 7, 2012

January e-update

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”         Mt 9:37-38

Discipleship is an as-you-are-going experience.  There’s a lot of movement in the Gospels.  When you read about what Jesus did he may be, “by the sea” or “on the road” or “in the boat” or “on the mountain” or “in the house.”  Jesus moved about proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God in various places.  Even when there was great ministry to be done in one particular area, Mark tells us that Jesus responds to the news that many are looking for him with, ““Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come” (Mark 1:38).

The undergrad group has been on the move a lot lately.  2010 was the first year that we planned to move the mid-week Cross Walk meeting onto campus.  Due to renovations we ended up doing that mid-October 2010.  This school year we looked forward to being in the South Pole (on South green under Nelson dining hall) all year long.  At the end of fall quarter we were informed that … well … Nelson is being renovated now so you’ll need to move.  After swiftly examining meeting place options, it was determined that the recreation room under Ryors Hall would work … except for one Wednesday night that it was already reserved.  That one week we were in the West Nest (under Boyd dining hall).   

All this moving could be discouraging.  It is, in fact, challenging to ensure that everyone knows where we’ll be each week.  However, it is a brilliant way to remind us that we are to be “on the move!”  Wherever we find ourselves, we are called to make disciples.  Our Christian life isn’t lived in the ROC House or just in one location on campus.  Following Jesus means that we’ll find ourselves following him “into the South Pole” or “under Boyd” or “in Ryors rec room” or “on the green” or “in the classroom.”  Following means being on the move too!  It is a blessing to be on the move following Jesus with this community.