is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that [like a child at play] God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.To be a disciple, Jesus tells us, is to be like a child. It is to have the eternal appetite of infancy that God displays in each act of creation, each act of redemption, whether in the private space of a gathered, practicing church, or scattered throughout the public and sometimes hostile space of a world that has sinned and grown old. So missional discipleship is the act of becoming childlike, personally, collectively, culturally. It is something to be practiced, of course, but with an eye toward performance. It is to be playful in a world that takes itself far too seriously. It is to repent of our own tendencies to take ourselves far too seriously. I’ll wrap up with a thought from Tim Morey in his book Embodying Our Faith:
Too often, Christianity is seen by those on the outside (and often those on the inside as well) as concerned only with believing the right things, attending church and avoiding certain behaviors. What a contrast this is to the kingdom announcement of Jesus! The church serves as a sign, instrument and first taste of God’s kingdom. When the church lives as it is called to live, the world receives a powerful apologetic: a glimpse of what it looks like when God reigns in the world.