Mission in unfamiliar contexts.
The Cross and the Tomb are empty and so in many ways we sacrifice ourselves in ministry. We empty ourselves in giving to other sacrificially and we give our selves to others in service but my thought lies in the less easily grasped realisation that after Jesus rose from the grave he was seen with people confirming the scriptures, sharing the bread and wine, meeting with friends and being present in their daily lives.
And so it is essential our ministry is not only self emptying. It is essential that our ministry is fulfilling, sharing, alive and real.