I heard a friend make a statement the other day that really caused me to think about our walk with God. That statement was “If you are not on a mission, you are wandering in the wilderness.” That really spoke to my heart. If we lack a clear understanding of what our mission is, we can find ourselves going in circles trying to put into action ‘how to do the mission’, before we fully understand ‘what’ the mission is. That leads to frustration and inertia instead of action and quick response to God.
The ‘how to do it’ I am talking about is using the ideas and the gifts or talents that He has placed in us. When we lack the understanding of what our mission is, we put the cart before the horse so to speak. When we start out with ideas and talents but fail to recognize that their purpose is to be used in line with the first mission, or His mission, as the structure and foundation, that’s where confusion rests. Success happens when we are using our gifts and talents to accomplish the first mission.
So, what is our first mission? These are some basic things that God has asked us to do as Christians but also as disciples. Here are a few:
- Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Scripture references: Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19, John 15:16, Acts 1:8, Colossians 1:6, Colossians 1:23
- 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.
Scripture References: Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 49:6, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:47, Acts 1:8, Acts 14:21
- Love the Lord with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Scripture References: Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, 1 John 4:7-8
- Let our light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Scripture References: Matthew 5:13-16, Ephesians 5:8-9
- We have been made light, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
Scripture Reference: Acts 13:47
As we allow the love of God to shine brightly from within us and impact our day-to-day living, we work, raise families, develop friendships, and our lives are speaking. God’s presence changes us, grows us up in Christ, and motivates us to continue to move forward in our relationship with Him. It is all done under the influence of the Word of God and His Holy Spirit.
It is in the Word and through living our lives that we disciple others. The successes, failures, mistakes, and progress in our walk with God are all part of living. When we share them, it gives those we disciple/mentor the grace to be open with us about their own struggles, successes, mistakes, and the grace to learn as they learn to walk with Him as well.
The only way we live and disciple others effectively is to understand that God’s word is our instruction manual for life. As we read it, meditate on it and how it pertains to our lives as well as the lives of others, then act in obedience, our lives become richer. The inner working of the Holy Spirit shapes our character, actively and consistently.
Consistently choosing to obey the Word leads us to mature and grow in our relationship with God. We are not perfect by any means and do not claim to be, what we are is a #workinprogress. When we hold fast to the first mission then use what we have been given to accomplish it, we will not spend as much time wandering in the wilderness.