In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die, where you invest your love, you invest your life.
Words from Mumford and Sons that call us to think about what we are investing our lives in. As Jesus begins his ministry he makes it clear what he will invest his life in, "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:16–19 ESV) It is a startling word to the people of Nazareth for it takes their hopes and in so many ways stomps on them--but more on that in the days to come.
For today, simply this, we need to decide where we will invest our lives and how we will pursue that investment. That's what we are going to explore from many different angles in this blog. We will dive into the theological, the Biblical, the pragmatic, and more as we seek to invest our lives in what pleases God.
As you may have noticed, CPDLT is investing in building a learning community--a community of new churches and existing churches--that together catalyze and cultivate gospel movements as they transform lives and communities. We like to think that the idea of transforming lives and communities is what Jesus was talking about in that inaugural message in Nazareth--and we guess that, if like Jesus, this is what we do we too will find ourselves on the edge of a cliff or two (Luke 4.28-29).