Note:Â I apologize for posting two devotions today and none yesterday, but traveling has disorganized my schedule, such as it was!Â — HN
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Luke 19:10 (NIV)
Do you think this was Jesusâ€™ mission statement?Â Seems a little simple and straightforward, doesnâ€™t it? Mission statements usually have multi-syllable words and several commas and semi-colons to connect descriptive phrases.Â This translation shows only single-syllable words!Â Iâ€™ll have to ask Henry if it is as simple in the Greek and Aramaic.Â (LOL)
What is my mission statement?Â Yes, there is the Great Commission:
“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded youâ€¦â€Â Â Â Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
And the Greatest Commandments:
R20;R17;Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.â€™â€¦â€™Love your neighbor as yourself.â€™Â All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Matthew 22:37, 39-40 (NIV, my emphasis)
But God has given each of us who has made the decision to be a disciple a mission.Â He gave us gifts and talents for the mission. Â He gives us one-on-one time to teach and equip every day if we will only make that our priority.Â He gives us leaders and partners to work together on missionsâ€¦I believe each fellowship has a mission and it is for me as an individual to connect with that fellowship where I can be used and where I can learn and grow.
God’s mission for me will â€œhang onâ€ to the Great Commission and Greatest Commandments.Â It will be about His kingdom and give Him glory.Â Â James said it will be about works AND faith. (James 2) Peter says I shouldnâ€™t be surprised if it involves suffering. (1 Peter 4)Â Paul reminds me that I will produce fruit with Godâ€™s mission because Godâ€™s mission will not be about me. (Galatians 5)
So I look at the gifts and talents God has given.Â I look at what stirs my heart when I do it in obedience to God.Â I look at what has produced good fruit.Â The mission may never produce a Medal of Honor (or any other kind of recognition) in this world but if I am quiet before my Lord, if I â€œwalk humbly with my Godâ€, I will hear Godâ€™s sweet words meant just for me and I will feel His strengthening hand upon me â€“ and Iâ€™ll keep going.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
What is your mission?