A mission is defined as: the business with which such a group is charged.
What are you charged to do as a person or in your grouping? I once was telling someone about how Jesus really helped me and how He could also help them. This person said to me that you must be one of those “John the Baptist” type believers. I know he said this to me as an insult but I have to say I really took it as a compliment. Wow, John the Baptist!!
The questions every person has to deal with are, “What am I here for? What is my purpose? Do I just sit back and do nothing or do I help others?” I believe that when you help others, you will find the answer of what your purpose is. One verse has helped me focus on this concept:
The Great Commission: Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
This passage is letting the disciples know that “ALL AUTHORITY has been given to Jesus”! A good question to ask is: Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? If you are, based on this authority, you have been asked to make disciples of men. Also, you should be baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Teach them to obey as He has commanded you. If you are like me, you ask yourself about your qualifications. I have been going to a church where I have been taught how to lead communion so that, when I am on missions, I have the skills to do the job. In addition, I have been taught how to teach the Bible, baptize others that want to seek Christ, lead a mission for the kingdom, help others in need, and so on. How did I learn this? I learned it by using God’s Word as a tool kit for living life. Some may find the Bible boring and old, but when you pray and ask God for wisdom, the Bible becomes like an Owner’s Manual for your life.
Think about this: “ALL AUTHORITY” is a lot of authority. So when you talk to people about missions and you hear people say things like:
- I do not have enough money to go on a mission trip
- Why do you go on international trips rather than just deal with what is local
- I am scared of flying
- I don’t like their food
- I am not qualified
- I do not like telling people about my faith
Does this make you wonder if “ALL AUTHORITY” excludes money, destination, airplanes, provisions, abilities, and education? I am not advocating missions both domestic and international, but I am advocating a life of faith that has a purpose for missional living.
Just remember Jesus is with you always, to the very end of the age. If you choose to accept this mission!!
image: Tony Fischer