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The Airport is Not the Destination -  Consider your last vacation, business travel or experience that required you to be at the airport. As you think about your last encounter in and with the airport think about this analogy from Reggie McNeal and how it applies to our service, mission, church, and Kingdom life.

 

"[An] airport is a place of connection, not a destination. It's job is to help people get somewhere else. An airport-centric world of travel would be dull and frustrating, no matter how nice the airport is. When the church thinks it's the destination, it also confuses the scorecard. It thinks that if people are hovering around and in the church, the church is winning. The truth is, when that's the case, the church is really keeping people from...their real destination...The church is a connector, linking people to the kingdom life that God has for them. Substituting church activity as the preferred life expression is as weird as believing that airports are more interesting than the destinations they serve." - Reggie McNeal

 

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Jesus gathers 72 disciples together and releases them out into the community and tells them all authority in His name has been given to them to advance the Kingdom of God. They are then deployed out in clusters two by two to do the work and mission of Christ. When they return to debrief their experience their emotions are as if they did not expect for God to do what only God can do. One of the disciples said in Luke 10:17, "The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

 

How would you like to have that experience? What hinders us from having a similar experience? Or is it possible that we have experienced something similar, but did not celebrate what God was doing in and through us?

 

Many times we get confused on what our mission is because we live in a consumer culture that has sold us the lie that church is about us and what we can do to go "there" and consume "this or that." However, our life is about the Kingdom of God, not our consumer life or church-centric life.

 

What would change in your life this week if you viewed Sunday "church" as the "airport?" How can we use Sunday's as a time to gather to debrief and prepare for deployment just as Jesus equipped his disciples in Luke 10? Why would a kingdom-centric life be more fulfilling then a church-centric life?

 

May our lives be lived on mission to advance the Kingdom of God and as you go, go serve.  by Lantz Howard

 

Last modified on Saturday, 26 December 2015