There is a missional imperative for us NOW! People need to know of God’s grace and love! People need to experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ! People need to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as they face the trials and tribulations of this world today. Let us not be lukewarm in our sharing of God’s love. I pray that each and everyone of us will passionately proclaim the hope that Christ offers all of us from the many places in our connection where God has called us and especially at General Conference 2016! The Shepherds and the Wise men went and told the world of the good news that God has come among us! That is the Epiphany Story! Let us join them and remind United Methodists around the world that God is with us AND calls us to “Therefore, go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19)
Our work is not yet done.
(via Rev. Amy Valdez Barker, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church)
January 17, 2016