19 Jul What’s Your Mission?
I want to tell you something I think you need to hear today: You have unlimited potential! God wants to do amazing things in your life! You have a mission, set by Him, that will help you grow in ways you never thought possible. YOUR LIFE MATTERS.
God has a purpose for everyone. “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Ex. 9:16).
You are gifted and called. “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Prov. 20:5).
You are needed. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Phil. 2:12–3).
Sometimes the idea that we have a mission, a specific calling from God, can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is the fuel that fires the imagination and gives us the willpower we need to keep moving forward. The difference between the two is understanding and embracing your mission.
Your mission, your calling, is bigger than you. I get it. That can be scary. But this is what I know about you if you are a Christian who wants to activate God’s call in your life: You are ready to work hard to see your calling from God become reality. You aren’t alone!
Staying on Mission is your pathway to find meaning in all of your experiences.
Staying on mission keeps us energized so we can reach our destination. However, unless we have taken the initiative to stop and clarify what our mission is for ourselves, we can miss out on our greatest source of power. If you aren’t clear about your mission, I would encourage you to start the journey of discovery today. Spend time in prayer, ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, look at the skills, talents, and passions God has instilled in you. Once you understand your mission, it’s time to move forward!
To accomplish your mission, you must take hold of the responsibilities of personal development and the disciplines of spiritual formation. Spiritual formation, developing and growing your relationship with God is vital to succeeding in your mission. That relationship will give you the faith, strength, and determination you need to succeed!
Faith is central to everything you do in life. When you take on challenges, you wrestle with a degree of uncertainty, and you risk failure. You risk losing. You risk getting hurt. However, fail or succeed, by doing risky things you expand your vision of what is possible, and your faith grows as you lean on God during each challenge. Every effort builds your character and equips you with the skills, the confidence, and the essential attributes needed to navigate the obstacles you face.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like failure. I know I learn from it. I know it helps me grow and stretch and learn new things. But I still don’t like it. That dislike drives me to work harder, be stronger, and it pushes me to lean on God because I know I can’t do it alone.
When you think of strength, do you catalog your weaknesses and the areas you excel? Want to know a secret? None of us is strong on our own. Thankfully, God created us that way, and He also gives us what we need to make us strong. He places people in our lives to help us when we are in need. He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to fuel our forward movement. And He himself promises to always be there when we are in need. That, my friend, is true strength, and that is what you need as you complete your mission!
Your determination helps you press forward in spite of resistance or obstacles. That determination helps you develop confidence in your mission. A lack of confidence often stems from the overwhelming anxiety that your voice isn’t adequate or acceptable for others. When that happens, remember to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter5:7).
Our brains are miraculous, wonderful constructions. They are intricate and complex, and if we are not careful they can steer us off course. I talked last week about self-fulfilling prophecy. What you think can become your reality. This means you can become so focused on yourself and your anxiety over how others will perceive you that you fail to move forward with your own mission.
Dr. William James wrote, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” To realize that the only things we know will last forever are the eternal human beings we interact with every day gives us the perspective to remember our mission to serve others is the greatest purpose we can accept.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Rom. 1:11–12). You, my friend, are the inheritor of Paul’s message to the Romans. Just as you have inherited the command of Christ: to spread the gospel and lead others into the kingdom of heaven.
Today I want to reaffirm Paul’s message. I want to encourage you with my faith. I know you have a mission. I know it is important and that you alone can complete it! I want to encourage you to have the faith, strength, and determination to press on. So do it right now, friend. Commit to your dream, your mission, today!