On Mission, two words that are used frequently by Christ followers but sometimes that is as far as it goes. Two words coming out of our mouths with no plans to be on mission with God. I heard a pastor ask one time that if we were truly planning to be on mission where is our passport? We have been given one life to live out God’s mission on earth. Daily we are to pick up our cross and follow him, denying ourselves. (Luke 9:23)
The dictionary defines mission as: 1) an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel. But for out purposes let’s look at the second definition: 2) the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith. It is our vocation, calling, goal, aim, quest, purpose, function, our life’s work.
Our life’s work is to be on mission with God. He gives us our assignments, he molds us and makes us into the vessel that will be used on our mission. To some he gave the assignment of being on mission with people who are hurting, living in poverty, or maybe it is to work with people who are recovering from addictions. Some he has called to work with their local communities, schools or the justice system. Others he has called to go to other nations on humanitarian missions, or evangelistic. No matter what we do, no matter we are we are on mission with God.
We as Christ followers are to be dedicated to the work of the Lord. If we ae at our secular job, shopping, or watching TV we are still on mission with God. There are times when God interrupts our plans because he has a different place or job for us to do. God doesn’t give us the details of where we are going and what it will look like when we arrive to do His will. Sometimes we are doing his will when it is beginning to rain and we are only half finished with mowing the yard, but some one comes along and they need to talk. What is our attitude at that moment? Are we interruptible?
Personally, I want to be on mission with God. I find fulfillment and joy when I know I am following God’s plan for my life. I have been a Christian for fifty-six years and my first calling was to Jesus to be my Savior. My second calling was to be on mission for him. God spent many years, molding me and making me into a usable vessel, and that molding continues today. God isn’t through with me, and I really have no idea where tomorrow will take me, but I want to live my life fully for Christ, and as the cowboys say, “die with my boots on”. I may have to slow down as I get older, the type of mission may change but the calling to be on mission continues until he calls us home.
Are you willing to be on mission for Christ? Church Renewal Journey needs people willing to go to other churches to share what God is doing in their lives. We need children and youth workers. We need musicians and adult workers to facilitate small groups and that know how to listen. If you want to know more give us a call us and get involved.