Tuesday – Workers Together with God
By George Volpe
“In the same way that You (Father) gave Me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18
Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you went there? I have. I stand there wondering, “I know I came in here for a reason.” I was on a mission to do something. And sometimes the purpose for which I came returns to me and it’s a relief that I’m not losing it. But once in a while I admit I have to leave and hope the thought I had returns and this time I remember why I went there to begin with.
We are in constant motion. It may be just to the next room. It may be going to work, visiting a friend, or grabbing some groceries. Our little trips are like mini-missions. We have a reason to move, and we go for it. What exactly is a mission? Dictionary.com defines it as an important goal or purpose accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation. Ok, so maybe going for groceries is stretching it. But the point I’m trying to make is we know what it’s like to have a purpose − to see a need, and to fulfill it. How do we apply this in the area of Christian missions?
Do we recognize why God put us here? Jesus’ words, and in particular His final words, were directed to all of His children. He commanded us to spread His Gospel to all the world. That message starts right where we live, in our own personal sphere of influence. We minister to people around us in all kinds of ways, showing love and building trust as willing servants of Jesus Christ. But a crucial part of our love and ministry to others is sharing the good news of redemption, not only to those nearby, but also those far away.
God’s overall plan includes a mission for every person He brings into His world. He has entrusted to us the mission of reconciliation, to continue His message of love and redemption to a discouraged, lost, and dying world. There is an eternal home for all who trust in the saving work of Christ. This is the most important message the world needs to hear. Christians love to share the Gospel and support those who share it worldwide.
It is easy to be so distracted with the details of our life that we forget why we are here. We can be so busy that our to-do lists never get done. But the real question is, are we engaged in the mission God has entrusted to us?
Read 2 Corinthians 5.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 47