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. 62 – Jesus 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].