Peter Meier of the Center for United States Missions, writes,
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his Church a vision and a mission. We call it the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20). The vision is that his Kingdom will permeate every nook and cranny to the ends of the earth. The mission is for his followers to make disciples as they are going about their every-day lives. The means to accomplish this was also given – Baptism and the Word of God.
St. Peter in his first Epistle, pictures how God’s mission will be carried out, “Peter, an apostle (sent one) of Jesus Christ: to the elect exiles (chosen and sent ones) dispersed (scattered, sent out) in Pontus, Galatia, Capadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
The sent ones (believers) are scattered throughout the world, in various communities and neighborhoods, according to God’s plan. We have been called and set apart by the Spirit through our baptism into Christ. God’s grace and peace is ours. It’s multiplied again and again to us. And we are the ones sent out to multiply it, that is, to share God’s grace and peace with others as we are going about our daily lives. That’s the basic element of making disciples. As new disciples are made, they gather together in groups of disciples (church) to grow in faith as they study and share the Word of God and receive His gifts in the Sacraments.
God’s plan is genius. It’s simple, reproducible. And it works.
The question I have is, Why did he entrust his genius plan to sinners like us? How are we doing when it comes to fulfilling his vision, engaging in his mission?
In order to read Meier’s answer to this question, visit: God’s Genius Plan.