When you grow up into Christ, then you are incarnational. You become the reality of Christ with us in the world. You see, I’m pondering the thought that incarnational rhymes with missional. What can the two learn from each other?
If we simply extended the mantra, “Be the Church,” into, “Be Christ,” who is the church, then I wonder what we’d get? Would we lose the political thinking and cultural habits that keep us within the church walls? Would we go out into the neighborhood in love to do the things that Jesus did for poor and outcast people? That would be incarnational.
An incarnational strategy is clearly the spiritual formational way. We know that formation and transformation take more time than doing a program. But then, we usually end up with the real deal. By pursuing the ways of spiritual formation, “we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)” Therefore, why not be incarnational?
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