The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me,
for the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
God is calling us to launch out into the blue ocean to reach people who need our help. We are not called to play it safe in harbors that we think are fair havens. Rather we are called to discern which winds to hitch our sails to. The Holy Spirit is the wind in which we hoist our sails of strategy up to so that we can head in a new direction.
- We must be led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness before he was led to announce his mission for the next three years. Part of the blue ocean quadrant is the belief that the Holy Spirit is the transformative agent operating in our blue ocean faith. What is it God is pushing you out to do?
- He has anointed me to preach Good News to the poor. There is a specific group God has anointed us to reach. Twenty-six percent of the people in my community live in poverty. He has anointed us to preach good news which is the second quadrant of blue ocean faith. What group of people has God called you to share good news with?
- He has sent me to comfort the broken hearted. Many of the people in our community have been traumatized. We have Healing the Heart school that teaches people how to overcome childhood trauma. Blue ocean faith seeks to help people who are broken hearted. The third quadrant is liturgy or rituals that connect people with divine action.
- Proclaim that the captives or the prisoners be released. This quadrant has to do with social justice. Prison in America is the new slavery. We have more people in prison than any other developed country in the world with over two million people of whom blacks are the majority in prison. Jesus said that he was anointed to get people out of prison. The work of social justice is the fourth quadrant of blue ocean faith. That’s why New Direction is partnering with 48 other institutions of faith in the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope to do justice and the work of creating equity in Memphis.
If we are going to be the church that Jesus has commissioned us to be we have to launch out of safe harbors out into the blue ocean of opportunities to reach people that need our help.
I’m looking for your wind for second wind. There is a second naïveté that is needed to trust you again like I did when I first received you. I’ve been stuck in a safe place doing enough to look like a Christian but now I’m ready to pull up anchor and follow you wherever you lead me. Take us to where people need the good news.
In Jesus’ Name,