As we recently covered, Jesus knew his mission, and executed that mission with more passion and urgency than the world has ever seen. His mission, however, did not end on the cross or in the resurrection. Every day he is fiercely fighting for our hearts! One of the things we fail to grasp or even begin to understand is our place in this fight for redemption and restoration.
Jesus left us with a critical decree, the Universal Mission for the Church: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
This is a pretty tall order! Sounds like something that is easily placed on “the church.” But in reality, you and I are the Church. As a result, we are left with a significant question: “what, then, is my individual mission?” This calling is not only for pastors, ministers, missionaries, or the ordained; God has a specific plan and purpose for your life that contributes to the universal mission.
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
You see, we are CHOSEN by our Heavenly Dad to bear fruit! WE ARE FULFILLING HIS PURPOSES AS SONS…As we live out of our true identity as sons we are ready and able to fulfill our heavenly dad’s mission for our lives. Only with a clear understanding of our true Identity can we believe and receive God’s unique purpose and Mission for our lives. He bestows upon us a Mission that is greater than ourselves, that is masterfully designed for us to carry out along side of Him…it is a Great Adventure. His desire is that we would, as an outflow of our intimate relationship with Him, live purposeful lives as representatives of His personhood and Kingdom. You’ve got an assignment, one you were specifically designed for, “straight from the top.”
From the movie “Saving Private Ryan”
Lt. Col. Anderson: What about our casualties?
Captain Miller: Well, the figures were, thirty five dead, times two wounded. They just didn’t wanna give up those eighty eights.
Lt. Col. Anderson: It was a tough assignment, that’s why you got it.
Captain Miller: Yes, sir.
Lt. Col. Anderson: John, I’ve got another one for ya.
Captain Miller: Yes, Sir.
Lt. Col. Anderson: This one’s straight from the top.
Here are some calibration questions to pray through:
Do you know what your purpose is?
Do you have a sense of purpose every day?
Is your life impacting others?
Do you feel a sense of accomplishment out of your daily investment of time and energy?