Tuesday, February 11, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day 38: "Clear Mission"

Read:Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT).
Think About It: With tears forming in his eyes, it was clear that there was much pain, much confusion, and such a longing to find something more real than what he had known. The intersecting of our lives to many would seem undetectable and random. Yet sitting down in the quaint and quiet setting of a favorited coffee shop, it was easy to see that what he needed was to know that purpose for his life did exist. What started as two men sharing gourmet coffee and a few sandwiches developed into much more. It would be life-altering, not limited to a moment, but a beginning destined to advance. With a life and purpose stretched out before him like the oceans that appear without limitation on the horizon, he was not a project to be accomplished. The mission was clear. He was loved by same Jesus that came to save the world. He needed to know that love, someone to stand beside him shoulder to shoulder, and walk him to greater understanding. What began in the “random” would continue to grow as “real.” 

Going Deeper: The paradox of Jesus’ life on earth was that when it looked as though it had reached its climactic conclusion, it had only just begun. The mission was clear. The mission was “now.” The mission was about those who had been impacted for eternity by the love of Jesus; that they would go and share that love with a world in desperation. Jesus never intended on the overused strategy of “hit and run.” He intended for His followers to use the same approach of love-based relationships He employed to make connections, share the story, and walk the road while growing closer to Jesus. From Jesus, there was a proclamation of the power and authority He had been given by God. There was a process He gave to His followers by which they would see people come to faith in Christ, grow in their faith, and be forever changed by that faith in Him. There was also a promise that He would be with them and all who called upon Him for the remainder of time as they knew it, and then beyond. Jesus had come to bring what only He could to a world that was decaying without it. It was the duty of those who followed to take that love to untold generations beyond.

Next Step: Do you realize that not only is the mission of why Jesus came crystal clear and well-defined, but that you play a part? The charge to see the world forever changed by the love of a forever God was never intended to be left to the preachers who stand in churches on Sunday mornings. You are part of God’s “Plan A,” and there is no “Plan B.” Who has God placed in your life that may have seemed “so random?” It’s anything but random. Ask God to show you how to walk with someone else in a way that brings you both closer to Him. Don’t “hit and run.” Choose to embrace with the love of Jesus and stay the course. It’ll make the difference.

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