Day 36 – I am made for a mission

I am made for a mission

I am created for a mission. Seeing as The Lord is at work in the world, He has created me to join Him in this work and this assignment is known as my mission. From previous lessons, I have learnt that my ministry is to believers; my mission therefore is to unbelievers. Consequently, fulfilling my mission in the world is God’s fifth purpose for my life.

We as Christians are sent into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ [John 17 vs. 18 – As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world] and this is our mission. Since one of our purpose is to be like Christ, we need to remember that Christ took His mission seriously [Luke 2 vs. 49 – why were you searching for me? He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”] and completed it well [John 19 vs. 30 – when he had received the drink, Jesus said “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit] and we ought to do the same. Christ mission is now our mission, which is introducing people to God [2 Corinth. 5 vs. 18 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave us a ministry of reconsilation], so that we that He has saved would fulfill the purposes He created us for, which are: to love Him; to be part of His family; to become like Him; to serve Him; and finally to tell others about Him – with the underlying factor of us getting out there and bringing others in [2 Corinth. 5 vs. 20 – we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God].

Fulfilling my life’s mission is an essential part of living for God’s glory. This is because my mission:

Is a continuation of Jesus’ mission on earth. As a follower of Jesus I am required not just to come to Him but to go into the world for Him [Matt. 28 vs. 19 – 20 – therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age; Mark 16 vs.15; Luke 24 vs. 47; John 20 vs. 21; Acts 1 vs. 8]. This mission is not just given to pastors or missionaries but to us all, and is a mission from Jesus Christ and so isn’t optional. And if I choose to ignore it would mean disobedience and I will be held accountable for the unbelievers that live among me [Ezekiel 3 vs. 18 – when I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die’, and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood]. For the reason that I am most probably the only Christians the unbelievers around me will ever get to know and my mission is to share Jesus with them.

Is a wonderful priviledge, so even though it is a big responsibility its also an incredible honour to be used by God [2 Corinth. 5 vs. 18] as I get to partner with God in building of His Kingdom [2 Corinth. 6 vs. 1 – As God’s fellow-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain] and get to represent Him to the world [2 Corinth. 5 vs. 20].

Is to tell others how to get eternal life through Christ Jesus, and this is the greatest thing I can do for them. To bear in mind that however much contented or successful people appear to be, without Christ they are lost and headed for eternal separation [Acts 4 vs. 12 – Salvation is found in non-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which they must be saved]. This is why it is important for me to tell them about Jesus.

Has eternal significance, as it impacts the eternal destiny of others and thus more important than any job, achievement or goal I could ever attain. Nothing else I do will matter as much as helping people establish an eternal relationship with God [John 9 vs. 4 – As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me]. To make sure I share the good news where I am, and to look for people God places in my path to share the good news.

Finally, Gives my life meaning, this is why I must live a purpose driven life committed to worship, fellowship, spiritual growth, ministry and fulfilling my mission here on earth [Acts. 20 vs. 24 – However I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace].

Lessons learned so far:

I have found out that God’s timetable for history’s conclusion is connected to the completion of my mission [Acts 1 vs. 7 – 8; Matt. 24 vs. 36; 24 vs. 14]; and therefore the need to stay focused on my mission and not to speculate on when Jesus returns is very vital; as this is a form of distraction and if distracted to remember what the Lord says in Luke 9 vs. 62Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God”; in conclusion, to accept God’s agenda for my life and let His Will be done [Luke 22 vs. 42; Rom. 6 vs. 13; Matt. 6 vs. 33].

Day 35 – Our weakness shows God’s power

Our weakness shows God’s power

The Lord not only wants to use our strengths to do His work, our weaknesses are just as important. Our weakness are not an accident, God deliberately allowed them in our life for the purpose of demonstrating His power through us [Isaiah 55 vs. 9As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts; 1 Corinth. 1 vs. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong]. We may be tempted to conclude that God may never use us, but God is never limited by our limitations, in fact He enjoys putting His great power into ordinary containers like us [2 Corinth. 4 vs. 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us], but in order for us to allow God to use us, we must:

1) Admit our weakness, by owing up to our imperfections to stop pretending to have it all

2) To be content with our weakness, as they cause us to depend on God and is particularly useful in showing us how much we need each other. {God is in the business of transforming our weakness for the positive; there are many examples in the bible of people whom God transformed their weakness; to name a few, Moses who had a temper and God transformed him to the humblest man on earth [Numbers 12 vs. 3Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth] and Gideon who suffered low self esteem to a man know as a mighty man of valour [Judges 6 vs. 12When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior]}.

3) Honestly share our weakness, the more we let down our guard, take off our mask, share our struggle, the more God will be able to use us in serving others. Paul was a man who shared his weakness in all his letters [Rom. 7 vs. 11For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death]. To bear in mind that our strength creates competition, whilst our weakness creates community.

Therefore I have made up my mind to glory in my weakness as when I am weak God is Strong [2 Corinth. 12 vs. 56 – I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses]

Day 34 – Thinking like a servant

Thinking like a servant

Today’s lesson is a follow up from yesterdays. Like the title suggests, service starts in the mind, and will require a change in our attitude as God is more interested in why we do what we do, and not what it is we do [An example in the bible can be seen in the life of king Amaziah of Judah who did what was right in the sight of God but not wholeheartedly – 2 Chronicles 25 vs. 2He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly].

In order not to follow the mistakes of king Amaziah, we need to be of the following attitudes:

1) To think more about others than about ourselves, but not necessarily thinking of ourselves less – a form of true humility – to loose ourselves in the service of others [Philip. 2 vs. 4 – 7 – Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness]. Unfortunately much of our service today is often self serving, as we serve to be admired by others or achieve our own goals. We are told that this is manipulation not service as real servants don’t try and use God for their purpose, but rather let God use them for His purposes, a quality that is very rare today. Thinking like a servant (humbling ourselves) is very difficult and require a re-learning process, as we by nature are selfish and think mostly of ourself, and need to relearn all that we have previously learnt. In thinking of others, we need to have in the fore front of our mind, that if taken advantage of or treated unfairly because of our servant hearts, to use it as an opportunity to practice the servant life [Matt. 5 vs. 41 – If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles]

2) To think like stewards not owners, since God owns it all. We are stewards, servants entrusted to manage the things of God [1 Corinth. 4 vs. 1 – 2 – So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful]. In cultivating this attitude, we are requested to settle issues concerning money [Luke 16 vs. 13 – No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money], to choose to live for God and recognize that all our time belongs to God as money has the greatest potential to replace God in our life. To remember that wealth is not a sin, but failing to use it for God’s glory is. This is because how we manage our money affects how much God can bless our life.

3) To think about our work for God and not what others are doing. As we’ve learnt from previous lessons, we’ve found that servants of God don’t compare, criticize or compete with each other, because for one, all are illogical since we are on the same team, and secondly, are forms of wasting time that should be spent glorifying God [Gal. 5 vs. 26 – Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other]. The bible gives us an example of Mary’s sister Marta, and how she had lost her servant heart as she complained to Jesus concerning unfairness to Mary. This is wrong, as it is not our job to evaluate God’s other servants [Rom. 14 vs. 4 – Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand]. We need to be focused to be like Moses and Nehemiah [Neh. 6 vs.3 – so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?]; who were steadfast on their work for God. Our service for Christ is never wasted regardless of what others say [Matt. 26 vs. 10 – Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me].

4) To base our identity in Christ, because we know that we’re loved and accepted by grace, and now as servants we don’t need to prove our worth. This makes us willing to accept with our servant hearts jobs that insecure people would consider beneath them [John 13 vs. 3 -4 – Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist]. This is why it is important to settle our identity quickly as only secure people can serve the way God requires us to serve [2 Corinth. 10 vs.18 – For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends].

5) And Finally to think of helping others as an opportunity not an obligation; to enjoy helping others and meeting needs to serve the Lord with gladness [Psalm 100 vs.2 – Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs]. Purely because we love Him and are grateful for His grace, because we know that serving others for God is the highest use of our life. To remember that there is a reward from God in obeying [John 12 vs. 26 – Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me; Heb. 6 vs. 10 – God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them].