The day I became a Christian my life radically changed forever. The mission of God, became real and personal. I began to realize that His mission was to save me, redeem me, to forgive me, and give me purpose. I had the gnawing in my heart and soul to help others realize what Jesus can do for them. That they would also know Christ. I became a Christian, but I also became a man with a mission. It wasn’t my mission it was His. The same mission that burned in me in High School, burns in my now. To help people find Christ.
The mission of our missionary God was to redeem the world from sin, and as God sent Jesus, and the Spirit, he sends His church, his people.
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18, NIV84)
To miss this part of our faith is to really miss it. Christianity is not just a doctrine, it is a movement. We are being sent by God, our missionary God, to help the world see the mission of Jesus, to redeem them. If y,ou are serving God for the next cool sermon or worship experience only, I challenge you to have the courage to investigate your responsibility to others beyond yourself.
When we buy into this idea that we are to be happy, and that is our mission in life, we actually lose happiness and joy. Joy comes through mission. When we elevate ourselves to make ourselves significant, we actually become insignificant, self-absorbed, and lose joy, because we have no purpose, no mission. us’ mission filled him with joy. Fulfilling mission is fulfilling joy.
“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.” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV84)
Lack of Joy is lack of mission. There is a connection and bond between purpose/mission and joy. When we live out our future in terms of mission we live with joy. No matter what we do for money, we are people that need to live on mission.
If we believe there is no higher cause than our own happiness, and our fulfillment personally is the most important goal in life, we will lose joy and live in quite a lot of disappointment. We will begin to believe God and others also exist for our happiness, and when that is not accomplished we question God, friends, families, and marrriages.
When you quit loving Jesus and lose your mission you will lose joy. Joy and mission are connected. Living the mission and purposes of Christ is the greatest joy.
When we say “my needs first” then we may perceive that we gain freedom. We really lose true joy. Then one has nothing to live for or die for except themselves, and they’ll do it alone.
Jesus is sending his church. His people are a people with a mission, a purpose, and it’s not our own happiness. To show the world Jesus, His love, His mercy, and goodness is our mission. To testify of His reality and Truthfulness so others will also be redeemed and put their faith in Him, through Christ is the mission.
Everything the church deos, plans, funds, must have this as the litmus test of our time, energy, talents, and finances. No matter what you do for money, your job is a mission for you are a missionary serving a sending God. He has sent you into that classroom, that factory, that cubicle. He is working with you behind that counter and/or the steering wheel of your car.
Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20.21
My greatly missed brother Steve used to say “Be about the Father’s business.” He was reminding me to live on mission, to serve my missionary God. I intend fully to live my life like this. I pray I never stop. May we all live on mission.
Pastor Nate Elarton