So a few weeks ago I asked for 5 words or less what the Mission of God was in the world. It seems that either the readers don't know, don't care or are theologically timid. Paul was the only one to offer any possibilities. You can read the post here.
I think the answer is pretty simple, but I hadn't really thought about it before.
Some may have posed that it was Salvation. God came to seek and to save the lost. That is his mission. I think this is a byproduct of a larger mission.
Some may say that it is to make Disciples of all Nations. I think again that this is a byproduct of a larger mission. Missions and Evangelism are important...but not God's ultimate mission.
The reason I hesitate to say that either of those are the ultimate aim of God, or even the redemptive movement at the cross, is that they center on us humans. We are the created creatures...not the Creator.
So, my proposal for the ultimate Missio Dei is that He would be magnified and lifted high by his creation. WORSHIP is the ultimate aim. It's the people of God reflecting their creator. There is a reason that the scriptures allude to every knee bowing and every tongue confessing...because Worship is the ultimate aim. Worship is the only proper response of those who have been saved (salvation) and Missions and Evangelism are most appropriate and effective when they are done out of the overflow of worshipping God. Worship fuels missions. And things like missions and evangelism are secondary in nature because they will not be around forever. Indeed, the only thing that we can participate in now that will last for eternity is Worship.
So...1) Do you agree with this? 2) Does your worship (individually and corporately) reflect this most essential divine truth?