Resolve To Remain True to The Mission
A great challenge for this year is to remain focused on the mission that has been given to us by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Notice Several things About This Mission:
Authority – our mission comes from one with All authority – Jesus.
Action – ‘Go’ – “The strength of a church is not revealed by how many it seats, but by how many it sends.” W. S. Mooneyham
All Nations – it leaves no one out. “Every person on earth is either a missionary or a mission field.”
What are we given the authority to go into all nations and do?
Make Disciples – Proclaim the good news, encourage people to become learners, serve and love people to show them the light of Christ.
Baptize – a declaration of faith and submission, not a declaration of perfection. The beginning of a new life in Christ.
Teach – ongoing mission requires a teachable spirit of the disciple, and it requires a teacher!
Can we personally accept this mission from Christ? Questions to ask ourselves:
Which comes first: making myself happy and comfortable or saving souls?
How much of the “old me” is still living and to what degree have I let Jesus have my heart?
Am I willing to think “outside of the box”?
What is so great an obstacle that we will allow it to keep us from a mission that was given to us from someone with ‘all authority’?
Those are tough questions and deserve our time and attention.
How does Jesus empower us for the mission He has given us?
Jesus Teaches That The Fields Are Ready For Harvest! (Matthew 9:36-38 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”)
Jesus Taught Us to Love the Lost. (Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”)
Jesus Walked All The Way To The Cross. (Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”) Should we give up when times are tough? “Missionaries are not made by crossing the sea, but by seeing the cross.” Otis Keener
Jesus Has Equipped Each of Us to Do This Work. (Romans 12:4-6a “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us….”) ‘Those of us who cannot reach the mission field on our feet can reach it on our knees.’
Jesus Is Coming Again. (Luke 18:9 “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”)
Jesus Stands At The Door and Knocks. (Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”) We will answer and help others answer.
We have a great mission from someone with “all authority”. Jesus remains the reason for our mission, and He empowers us to accomplish our mission. 2 Timothy 2:2 “… the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” This is our challenge. Our mission. Keep the mission alive and close to your heart.