Here is the first part of one of the quotes I (chris) used in my message this Sunday from James K.A. Smith's book Discipleship in the Present Tense. I find it an excellent reminder of the double call of we receive as those who partner with God in his plan for his creation.
"The Word became flesh not to save our souls from this fallen world, but in order to restore us as lovers of this world–to (re)enable us to carry out that creative commission. Indeed, God saves us so that–once again, in a kind of divine madness–we, as an empowered, Spirit-filled people, can save the world, can (re)make the world aright. And God’s redemptive love spills over in its cosmic effects, giving hope to this groaning creation.
So our redemption is not some supplement to being human; it’s what makes it possible to be really human, to take up the mission that marks us as God’s image bearers." (pages 4-5)
I'll share the two other quotes later this week and brief reflection.