Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Purpose Driven Life - Day 36
Day 36 - Made For A Mission
Today we begin to examine our 5th Purpose - You Were Made For A Mission
In our 4th purpose we learned about serving in a ministry. The difference between a ministry and a mission is that our ministry is our service to believers, and our mission is our service to unbelievers.
As a Christian, you are a representative of Christ, and are charged with sharing the Good News all over the world. Telling nonbelievers, and those who just have not heard about the promise of eternal life, how they can be saved. How they can receive forgiveness. How they can develop a loving relationship with the Lord.
What Jesus began during His time on earth - in the physical - we are to continue in our spiritual journey as the Body of Christ. To help God to redeem His children from Satan and reconcile them to Himself so they can fulfill the five purposes He created for us all: to love Him, to be a part of His family, to become like Him, to serve Him and to tell others about Him. We are God's messengers. This task should not be taken lightly. It is commanded and to ignore it would be to disobey the Lord.
Jesus repeated His commission to us five times, in five different books, in five different ways within the Holy Bible. He did so to make certain that we fully understand - in no uncertain terms- what is expected of us as members of God's family. "Go to the people of all 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 have told you." This mission was given to every follower of Christ, not only to pastors and missionaries. Simply put, if you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ - this is your mission. End of story!
Pastor Rick reminds us that God holds us accountable not only for what we do, but also for the unbelievers in the world. "You must warn them so they may live. If you don't speak out to warn the wicked to stop their evil ways, they will die in their sin. But I [GOD] will hold you responsible for their death."
This seems like an awesome responsibility - and it is. Not only that, but it should also be regarded as a privilege - to spread the word of Christ. In many cases you are the only follower of Jesus that someone may know, if you do not share His Word with them ... where else where they hear it? God places people in our lives for a reason. Some of them are here to teach us - some of them are to learn from us. Some of them are here intentionally for us to shepherd. And if we bring with us at least one person in to the Kingdom of God - our mission has been fulfilled. The Bible says: "Jesus is the only one who can save people, everyone else needs Jesus."
Realize that you are not here by accident. You were put here by God with His intentions to do His work, to spread His word. Failing to do so is to fail in your purpose and to waste the life God has given to you. Pastor Rick urges us to pray: "God, who have you put into my life for me to tell about Jesus?" Be sure to listen to the answer - not only with your ears, but with you heart.
Since Jesus died on the cross -people all over the world - beginning with His disciples, have asked, guessed, wondered, when He will return again. And Jesus basically said to them - it is none of your business, for not the Angles, nor the Son knows when I will return - only the Father Himself knows ... until then, do what I have commanded! What we do know is that Jesus will not return again until all of the people God wants to hear about the Good News have 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."
The end of this chapter is a personal story told by Pastor Rick about the ending days of his father's time on this earth. Being a pastor for fifty years, he had spent much time in the corners of the earth building small Churches during missionary trips. During the final days, he was in a state of continual awakeness - even while dreaming ... Pastor Rick describes one point where his father tried to get out of bed, saying 'One more for Jesus, Save One More For Jesus." ... as though he was charged with this final mission. Until the point in which he placed a weak hand upon the head of his son - Pastor Rick .... and uttered the words "Save One More For Jesus." - Pastor Rick has made this his life's mission. And asks if we will join him in this calling. If we will spend our life - Saving One More For Jesus?
Please note that I thought about transcribing the entire story - as I wanted to share it - and did not want to tell it poorly as it is very touching and actually brought tears to my eyes. It moved me deeply. Clearly I have opted to condense it here - in hopes that my journey has inspired you to buy this book and begin your own journey - and in doing so, will read the story for yourself. And although I have not given this touching story justice in condensing it - I pray you got the gist of it and will spend your life Saving One More For Jesus.
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely \I am with you always to the very end of the age." - Matthew 18:19 (NIV)