You’ve probably heard of the word in all sorts of different ways. The military talks about “Going on a mission” which is perhaps going into battle, perhaps rescuing someone, perhaps taking food and relief supplies into an area. But it was originally a word that belonged to the church.
As children of God, we are called to share the good news of God’s love for the world in Jesus Christ. In the waters of baptism, we are claimed as God’s children and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Like those disciples on the Day of Pentecost, we are able to speak the language of the people around us. You may not speak the language of the Parthians, the Medes or the Elamites, but you might speak the language of texting, or the language of the football team, or the language of the math team, or the language of your family. Those languages allow you to do just what the disciples did on the day of Pentecost and proclaim the story of God’s love for the world in a way that the hearer can easily understand.
Martin Luther spoke about the Priesthood of all believers. That we are all called to be a part of God’s plan. But all of us aren’t pastors, or youth leaders, or even workers in the church. But all of us live our faith out in the world.