Last Sunday, Adam kicked off our new sermon series. He focused on how God is on a mission and we get to join in with what he is doing. In the OT we read about how God went to a character called Abram and said to him, ‘In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ Abraham was invited to participate in God’s mission, and actively chose to respond by following God’s leading. Through Abraham’s line and through Israel, the Messiah would be born who would bring about restoration to a broken world and humanity. In the OT, we see the prophets calling Israel back to God, and one of the ways they continuously did this was through calling Israel to repent of the unjust actions they had done. Returning to God involved just living—how they treated the poor and vulnerable would be a witness to the nations. Alongside just living was the call to open allegiance to God; we see this in Daniel who refused to bow down to any idol and proclaimed where his loyalty lay in a public space. In Isaiah 42 it says, ‘I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you.’ In scripture we see that God leads us towards a proclaimed allegiance to himself that is seen in righteous living that participates in justice and speaking out. God is on a mission in this world and he invites you into it. Will you take his hand?