I’ve been thinking about the church recently – and it’s amazing what feeds into that.  On Sunday the talk at Jubilee was about Adam and Eve in the garden and it seems to me that since that is the situation God created, it is His ideal.  God in close relationship with people.

When God has flooded the earth and saved righteous Noah and his family, His word to them is, “As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it,” Genesis 9:7.  An earth filled with the descendents of a righteous man.

When God calls Abraham in Genesis 12 He speaks about making him into a great nation and blessing all the people’s of the earth through him.  A world full of people who know God and His blessing.

This theme is repeated in the prophets.  “The earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea,” Isaiah 11:9 and is picked up by Paul as being continued through the church when he says that, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing,” Colossians 1:6.

I would like to suggest that this is God’s mission:  to fill the earth with people who know and love Him and who live for His glory.

The church is the present-day expression of what God has always desired.  One day – in our glorious future – that desire will become fully realised.  Until then, our call is to live in relational harmony with God and through that relationship (which is to be experienced in community) to demonstrate the love, power and grace of God to everyone who doesn’t know him yet.  We have been co-missioned with God.