All followers of Jesus are sent into the world just as the Father sent Jesus into the world. The story that they are living out is characterized by joy because the resurrection of Jesus has assured them of eternal life available for all who will surrender to Jesus. They also rejoice because the Holy Spirit empowers them to accomplish the mission no matter the difficulties or complications they will encounter.
Why does it seem like our world has gone crazy mad? People have lost hope. We have lost hope in the system, in each other, and in God. Hope is what the world needs—more than the next activist group, more than the next well for access to clean water, more than the next plow to produce more food, and more than the next program to lend a hand. What we need more than ever is the true hope that is in Jesus.