I interviewed this past week for s supervisor position within my office at the Division of Child Support. In preparation for my interview, I was reviewing our mission statements. The mission of the WA Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is to “Transform Lives”. Each administration and division under DSHS further expounds on that. For example, in my division, we transform lives by empowering individuals and families to thrive. We do this by providing child support services that lead to economic stability and financial self-sufficiency for individuals, families and communities. While I was reviewing these things and preparing for my interview something occurred to me—the mission of DSHS and the mission of the church are similar.
While I disagree with the liberal, humanistic and post-modern views that run wild within the office I work in, I cannot help but hear the DSHS mission “to transform lives” and be drawn to several passages in Scripture. David prayed in Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” God promised the Israelites in Ezekiel 36:26 that He would give them “a new heart and put a new spirit” within them and that He would “remove the heart of stone from [their] flesh and give [them] a heart of flesh.” Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came “so that [people] may have life and have it in abundance.” Jesus also told us that he would send us the Holy Spirit who would comfort us, teach us, and guide us (John 14:15-17, 25-26, 16:12-15). Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
God is on a mission to transform us. Jesus came to transform lives. The Holy Spirit is transforming us now. Our mission as the people who love God, the people who obey His word and the people that follow Jesus Christ is to point people to God. We plead with people that they be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20) so that He can transform their lives. The biggest difference between the DSHS and the church is one of time. DSHS only works to transform peoples lives here and now—while, we, the church, work to transform people’s lives for eternity.