Maturing the Missions
September 24, 2017 was Missions Sunday. It is a day when we focus on Jesus’ call upon our lives to fulfil his mission.
Missions is to do the work, the will, the desires or bidding of someone else. In missions there is always a sender and a sendee. Jesus made it clear that he came to do his Father’s missions. My meat he says is to do the will of him who sent me. John 4. This means that God is the Sender and Jesus is the Sendee. In another place, John 17:4, Jesus affirmed to his Father: Father I have finished the work you gave me to do. Our missions too is the Father’s mission. Jesus told his disciples: As the Father has sent me so send I you. John 20:21. Jesus is now the Sender and we are the Sendee.
As we have learned over the past weeks , every one of us is eligible to do missions. None of us is excluded from this task. Missions and ministry does not require any special qualification of ability. What ministry asks of us is our availability. God will equip us through the work of his Holy Spirit to complete the task of mission. To do mission for Christ we must:
Firstly: PRESENT OURSELVES FOR SERVICE ~ All of us are selected by God for service.
Secondly: PREACHING CHRIST ~ This is to share the love of God with someone whether by word or action. It is to bring Jesus to the lives of others. It is to share the benefits of his love. It is to help others experience the benefits of Christ’s suffering and death . Our lives preach the loudest to others.
Thirdly: ALWAYS REMEMBER CHRIST’S PRESENCE IS WITH US. God has good plans for your life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and an expected end . Remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. So let us rise up and do our best for the Lord, who is with us always to the end.