The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
– Proverbs 11:30 (NIV)
The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me. – Acts 20:24 (NCV)
God has given each of us a ministry, as well as a mission. The difference between the two? Our ministry is our service to believers (Body of Christ, or the church, or Christians), and our mission is our service to unbelievers (the world, every lost soul). “Fulfilling our mission in the world is God’s fifth purpose for our life.” Our life mission is shared and specific. One part is a responsibility we share with every other Christian and the other part is an assignment that is unique to each one of us.
Mission means sending. We are sent by Jesus into the world to be reps for him. We are his representatives – his agents. We are to continue the work he started. He started his mission. He completed his mission. He gave us instruction to continue his mission. That is our mission. We are to introduce people to God. We are not to force them. Lovingly bring them to God. Jesus did not force. If you want to know the kind of person Jesus was on earth, read your bible. He loved people. He was a friend to people – to everyone. No one was too filthy or stinky or ugly or diseased or sinful or filled with demons to be unworthy of his love. He loved every single one. There was not one thing anyone could do that would keep him from loving them and he’s the same with you, and with me.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself of this – he loves me no matter what. How much does he love you? Enough to die for you. He died for YOU, to prove his love – to save you from every sin. No matter what you have done in your life that you blame yourself for and punish yourself for (this was me for so many years), you can have freedom. It sounds simple and in truth, it really is simple, but I know how hard it is for some of you out there. It took me years to learn how to give it up and hand it over to God. We think we must hang on to these things that haunt our lives. We feel we deserve to stay in that prison and punish ourselves for our mistakes. I am here to tell you that God does not want that for you. He wants to break you out of that prison. Give it to him. Let it go from your life and start fresh.
Do you know that he takes that bad thing you did and he tosses it away into nothingness? It’s gone, like a forgotten memory – never to return. He doesn’t bring it up again, so it’s your job to forget it, as well. If you want real forgiveness, part of that is forgiving yourself and then changing your ways. If you are truly sorry, put it away in your past and move on through the rest of your life doing good things, for God, for Jesus. Reach out to others and share with them what you have found: forgiveness, a new and better way to live – a life full of love and peace – a life with Jesus filled up in your heart.
That’s all he wants from you – to share the good news. It doesn’t mean giving up your current job. God can use you wherever you are, with whatever you are doing. If you have people surrounding you or people who you see throughout your work day, even during your lunch hour or on your way in or out of your place of employment, you come in contact with people, you can change those lives.
I’m not saying go and preach. That’s forcing. We should not force. We love. We let others know, who are interested, why we love, our beliefs and that we have God and how they can have God and how then, they can share God with others. It’s our job and God places people in our lives to share this truth with. We must do it with gentle guidance. Don’t let them know you are trying to sway them. You become like Jesus. You love and you do what is right and do good things and they may wish to follow you on their own. Let it be their choice, but do share what kind of person you are and your love for Jesus. You can lead many to him. You have the power inside you. If you have Jesus, you have power. Jesus works in each of us who choose to let him in.
Let me tell you, once you start trying to win people over to the right team, Satan will try like he never tried before, to come and mess everything up. He’s good at that. That’s his job. To tempt you, to mess things up. He’ll try to give you these other great things just to keep you from winning people over to God. He wants you and the others to play for his team. Your job is to be stubborn and be strong and pray during those difficult times, those tempting times. Don’t give up. You have a purpose. Don’t forget that. The more you win over to God’s team, the bigger rewards he will have ready for you in heaven. Do you want to have it made, in the shade with your lemonade? Do what’s right. Work for God. Love others as God and Jesus loves you. Serve others in a Christian way. You know what is right in your heart, don’t you? If you don’t or aren’t sure, consult your Bible and pray. Your eyes will be opened to the truth. The truth is not out there. The truth is in your Bible. The Holy Bible. Do you have one? If you do not, leave a comment and I’ll find a way to get you one.
“The Bible says, “We have been sent to speak for Christ.” We are the messengers of God’s love and purposes to the world. Your mission is a continuation of Jesus’ mission on earth. Your mission is a wonderful privilege. Telling others how they can have eternal life is the greatest thing you can do for them. Your mission has eternal significance. Your mission gives your life meaning. God’s timetable for history’s conclusion is connected to the completion of our commission.”
“If you commit to fulfilling your mission in life no matter what it costs, you will experience the blessing of God in ways that few people ever experience. There is almost nothing God won’t do for the man or woman who is committed to serving the kingdom of God.” Jesus has promised, “[God] will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
Make it a great Monday! Be blessed. Bless others.
Love ya! *hug*