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A Little Bit of Jubilee’s Story…

Weekly Devotionals

A Little Bit of Jubilee’s Story…

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

One of my roles as an elder is to share with the newcomers a little bit of Jubilee’s story,  so that they can get to know who we are as a community and as a church. I always tell them a bit of the early days of our church and how God has transformed us over the years.  There is one part of that story that I never get tired of sharing…When Jubilee started over 10 years ago, our vision was to be a hub for missions in Asia. The idea was simple. We thought that Korea was strategically located in Asia, and we could use it as a platform place to send and support missionaries around the region and the world. What a great and noble idea it was, we thought.

Over the years however, God really stretched our understanding of missions. He took us to a season in our church of refocusing our view of missions not simply as a narrow,  physical location of the distantly unreached, but as a broader missional lifestyle, where mission field is wherever we are, and the sphere of influence we exert.

So the idea of “hub for missions” took a complete new meaning at Jubilee, from a narrow and physical understanding to a broader and nearly cosmic perspective. While we do not neglect the unreached in the far away places, we also focus on the here and now and the missional life we can live every day, whoever we are.

But there is more to it… And in this I also find God’s sovereignty, His higher ways and if I may say, His sense of humor. We were thinking of Jubilee as a hub for missions, because we were going to send people to the world. But by the very nature of Jubilee being a transient church, the world came to us. Jubilee’s congregation comes from literally from all over the world. There is not a continent that is not represented. And after a season they go back home to bless others. What a wonderful and ingenious way of missions materializing. God certainly saved us on a lot of airfare costs!

God’s ways are indeed higher than our ways : )

Be blessed this week.