In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. (John 17:18)
The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me (Acts 20:24)
You were made for a mission. God is at work in the world, and He wants you to join Him. This assignment is called your mission. God wants you to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in the world. Your ministry is your service to believers, and your mission is your service to unbelievers. Fulfilling your mission in the world is God’s five purpose for your life.
Your life mission is both shared and specific. One part of it is a responsibility you share with every other Christian, and the other part is an assignment that is unique to you. Our English word mission comes from the Latin word for “sending” . Being a Christian includes being sent into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you”– John 20:21 Jesus clearly understood His life mission on earth. At age 12 He said, “I must be about my Father’s business”-Luke 2:49, and twenty one years later, dying on the cross, He said, “It is finished”-John 19:30.
Like bookends, these two statements frame a well-lived, purpose driven life. Jesus completed the mission the Father gave Him. The mission Jesus had while on earth is now our mission because we are the Body of Christ. What He did in His physical body, we are to continue as His spiritual body, the church. What is that mission? Introducing people to Jesus! The Bible says, “Christ changed us from enemies to His friends and gave us the task of making others His friends also“-2 Corinthians 5:18
God wants to redeem human beings from Satan and reconcile them to Himself so we can fulfill the five purposes He created us for: to love Him, to be apart of His family, to become like Him, to serve Him, and to tell others about Him. Once we are His, God uses us to reach others. He saves us and then send us out. The Bible says, “We have been sent to speak for Christ”– 2 Corinthians 5:20. We are the messengers of God’s love and purposes to the world.
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR MISSION
Fulfilling your life mission on earth is an essential part of living for God’s glory. The Bible give several reasons why your mission is important:
1.) Your mission is a continuation of Jesus’ mission on earth. As His followers, we are to continue what Jesus started. Jesus calls us not only to come to Him, but go for Him. Your mission is so significant that Jesus repeated it five times, in five different ways, in five different books of the Bible. It is as if He was saying, “I really want you to get this”! In the Great Commission Jesus said, “Go to the people of all the nations and make them my disciples . Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I told you”– Matthew 28:19. This commission was given to every follower of Jesus. This is your commission from Jesus, and it is not optional. If you are apart of God’s family, your mission is mandatory! To ignore it would be disobedience.
You may have been unaware that God holds you responsible for the unbelievers who live around you. The Bible says, But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.- Ezekiel 33:9 You are the only Christian some people will ever know, and your mission is to share Jesus with them.
2.) Your mission is a wonderful privilege. Although it is a big responsibility, it is also an incredible honor to be used by God. Paul said, “God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into His favor and be reconciled with Him“- 2 Corinthians 5:18. Your mission involves two great privileges: working with God and representing Him. We get to partner with God in the building of His Kingdom. Paul calls us “co-laborers” and says, “We are workers together with God” -2 Corinthians 6:1
Jesus has secured our salvation, put us in His family, given us His Spirit, and then made us His agents in the world. What a privilege!
3.) Telling others how they can have eternal life is the greatest thing you can do for them. For example, if your neighbor had cancer or AIDS and you knew the cure, it would be criminal to withhold that lifesaving information. Even worse is to keep secret the way to forgiveness, purpose, peace, and eternal life. We have the greatest news in the world, and sharing it is the greatest kindness you can show to anyone. One problem long-term Christians have is that they forget how hopeless it felt to be without Christ. We must remember that no matter how contented or successful people appear to be, without Christ they are hopelessly lost and headed for eternal separation from God. The Bible says, “Jesus is the only One who can save people” -Acts 4:12. Everybody needs Jesus!!!
4.) Your mission has eternal significance. It will impact the eternal destiny of other people, so it’s more important than any job, achievement, or goal you will reach during your life on earth. The consequences of your mission will last forever; the consequences of your job will not. Nothing else you do will ever matter as much as helping people establish an eternal relationship with GOD. This is why we must be urgent about our mission. Jesus said, “All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end”- John 9:4. The clock is ticking down on your life mission, so don’t delay another day.
Get started on your mission of reaching out to others now! We will have all of eternity to celebrate with those we have brought to Jesus, but we only have our lifetime in which to reach them. This does not mean you should quit your job to become a full time evangelist. God wants us to share the Good News where you are. As a student, mother, teacher, salesman, or manager or whatever you do, you should continually look for people God places in your path with whom you can share the Gospel.
5.) Your mission gives your life meaning. If you fail to fulfill your God-given mission on earth, you will have wasted the life God gave you. Paul said, “My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love”- John 9:4 There are people on this earth whom only you will be able to reach, because of where you live and what God has made you to be. If just one person will be in Heaven because of you, your life will have made a difference for eternity. Start looking around at your personal mission field and pray, “God, who have you put in my life for me to tell about Jesus”?
6.) God’s timetable for history’s conclusion is connected to he completion of our commission. Today there is a growing interest in the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. When will it happen? Just before Jesus ascended to Heaven the disciples asked Him this same question, and His response was quite revealing. He said, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”- Acts 1:7-8
When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He wanted them to concentrate on their mission in the world. He said in essence, “The details of my return are none of your business. What is your business sis the mission I’ve given you. Focus on that”! No one knows the day nor the hour when the Son of Man shall appear- Matthew 24:36. What we do know for sure is this: Jesus will not return until everyone God wants to hear the Good News has heard it. Jesus said, “ The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to every nation. Then the end will come.”– Matthew 24:14
It is easy to get sidetracked from your mission because Satan would rather have you do anything besides sharing your faith. He will let you do all kinds of good things as long as you don’t take anyone to Heaven with you. But the moment you become serious about your mission, expect the devil to throw all kinds of diversions at you. When that happens, remember the words of Jesus: “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God“- Luke 9:62
WHAT IT COSTS TO FULFILL YOUR MISSION
To fulfill your mission will require that you abandon your agenda and accept God’s agenda for your life. You can’t just “tack it on” to all other things you’d like to do with your life. You must say, like Jesus, “Father…I want your will not mine.” You yield your rights, expectations, dreams, plans, and ambitions to Him. You stop praying for selfish prayers like, “God bless what I want to do”. Instead you pray, “God help me to do what you’re blessing”! You hand God a blank sheet with your name signed at the bottom and tell Him to fill in the details. The Bible says, “Give yourselves completely to God-every part of you… to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes.” Romans 6:13
If you will 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. Matthew 6:33