Devotional

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.””- Matthew 9:36-38.  

Sometime in your life, you are going to ask the question, what am I here for? You will wonder what your mission is. It is not always an easy thing to figure out. Rick Warren asks the question, “Why doesn’t God take you to heaven the minute you become a believer?” Why doesn’t He? I mean there’s no reason not to be in heaven, right? We all want to be there, it’s going to be perfect. Heaven is perfect. What do we still have on earth? There are only two things Rick says that you can’t do in heaven that you can do on earth. Sin and tell people the good news about Jesus. Everybody’s going to know Jesus then and there won’t be any sin. Then he asks a rhetorical question, “What do you think God left you here to do? Why are you alive?” To be on mission with God, that’s why you’re alive. 

You are saved from something for something. You’re saved from something for something, the mission. Every day you have to ask yourself two questions, what business are we in and how’s business? Really, it’s that simple. What business are we in and how’s business? God has something that He’s prepared in advance for you to do. Being on mission with God, finding your purpose in doing what God wants you to do is going to be the most rewarding thing that you’ve ever done.

Our mission is to love God. This is to be the driving purpose in life. No matter where life takes us or what obstacles we face, we are to love the “…Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind… ” (Luke 10:27) We are to worship God. Worship can be broken into two parts: daily personal worship and corporate worship with other believers. Both are vitally important for growing in our relationship with Christ. Both help us understand and pursue God’s call for our lives – our life’s mission. We are to share the Gospel. When we love and worship God, we are better able to share Christ with others. This can mean starting a faith conversation with a neighbor or family member. It can mean sharing part of your faith journey or testimony with a co-worker. It can even mean deciding to take part in a short-term mission trip. Finally, we are to walk with new believers. “Discipling” is the term for how Jesus walked with, taught, and encouraged His disciples. As we share the Gospel with others and take part in the same mission that Jesus’ own disciples embarked upon, we, too, are called to disciple new believers in how to walk with Jesus. This means teaching new believers how to live out God’s written Word in their everyday life.

We need to be open to opportunities that God gives us. God is going to open some doors. He’s going to nudge you a little bit. He’s going to say that person right there that neighbor, that guy in that cubicle, that person right there that’s your mission. Be open to it because God knows what’s going on and God is going to prepare the way.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you have a mission, a vision for your life? 
  2. How can defining that mission in life dramatically improve your chances of getting where you want it to go? 
  3. How do you see your everyday life as a part of God’s mission to bless the world? In what ways can this truth be something you are constantly aware of?