By Jennifer Moreno
John 17:18 “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.”
When Jesus came to this earth, he had one goal, one mindset, one mission, and that was to spread the gospel and to take care of man’s debt of sin.
From right at the beginning, in the book of Genesis, we read of a descendant who would come and reverse the effects of Adams sin. It speaks of the promised ‘seed’ who would destroy the effects of sin Gen. 3:15.
This hope of a ‘promised seed’ was known to the Jewish people as “The Messiah,” the saviour. Many prophecies were given by the prophets of the ‘Messiah’ who would bring men back to G-d. But because of sin entering the world through Adam, that kingdom was destroyed. In order to restore that kingdom, G-d knew he had to bring the Messiah to be the atonement for our sins.
So now that we know G-d’s purpose and plan was always centered on Jesus Christ, we now can understand our mission here on earth.
The Holy Spirit was given to us when Jesus left back to the father. G-d’s spirit is at work here on earth as we speak, it’s in every believer and G-d wants us to be used by the Holy Spirit to spread his word. The mission is essentially that, introducing people to G-d.
The Bible says, “Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also.”
The entire purpose of our creation was for us to have a relationship with G-d! He wants us to love him, cherish him, worship him and be in communion with him.
And just like Jesus Christ gave his body as a sacrifice, G-d wants us to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in this world. Fulfilling our mission here on earth is an important part of living for G-d’s glory and that goes for every single Christian.
Your mission is essentially the continuation of Jesus’ mission on earth. As his followers, we are to continue what Jesus began. Jesus could have stayed longer, but that wasn’t part of the plan. Jesus not only calls us to come to him, but to go for him and finish the race.
1 Corinthians 9 speaks about finishing the race G-d has set before us. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
This race is essentially the Great Commission Jesus spoke about to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee before he left. Mathew 28:16-20 – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
That commission was given to every single follower of Jesus Christ. We are a part of G-d’s family and if we love our G-d, we must be about the father’s business. It’s not really a suggestion to be on mission, it’s mandatory. If you ignore it, then it would be disobedience and believe me G-d will ask each and one of us what we did with what he entrusted us.
The Bible tells us that we must warn unbelievers around us to let go of their sins and repent, or they will die in their sins. We may be the only Christian some people will ever even know and if you don’t start walking in mission; you are not working towards G-d’s most precious mission, which is to bring people to him.
Don’t take your mission as a drag, but rather look at it as a privilege, you are working for the Almighty G-d, your creator, what an honor it is to be used by G-d. It’s definitely a privilege that comes with great responsibility.
You work for G-d and represent him. Your mission has eternal significance, it will impact the eternal destiny of other people and their souls when they die. Remember that without Christ we are hopeless, lost and headed for eternal separation from G-d, therefore we must preach the word fervently and with passion to those who don’t know him. Everybody needs Jesus no matter who they say they are.
Let’s not be followers of Christ, only concerned about our salvation and about our well being. That’s not what G-d called us to do. G-d wants you to share the good news, that their is life, salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. So therefore my friends, start sharing the good news right where you are. Even if it is in small steps, but it’s another step to saving a soul.
Acts 20:24 – 24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
God bless you all!