Sunday, 17 June 2012

Downwardly Mobile

We tend to think that the thing to be is 'upwardly mobile'.  We want to better ourselves - to move up in the world.  We aspire to better things all round - and the world of advertising tells us about all the things we need and just how much they will improve things for us. 

But if we look to Jesus as a model - and where else should we look - we discover a very different story.  As Brian McLaren says: "We're trained by the ladder of success to think it's for climbing, not descending.  But God's mobility is opposite to our own."  He adds: "When Jesus comes of age, he doesn't climb a mountain and live above the fray in a contemplative cave or commune.  No, after a brief period in the wilderness .. he moves continually down into the mess of human history."  (Naked Spirituality, Hodder & Stoughton, 2010, p. 255).  The incarnation is fundamental to our Christian understanding - and that is nothing more and nothing less than that God came - down - to earth to be amongst us.  The task of ministry - of the church - is to be amongst those who need us.  Let's get down to it!

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