Monday, February 8, 2016
Your Mission, Should You Decide To Accept It
Great television show from the 60's. A band of spies, who were given a mission that was seemingly impossible to carry out. Each mission was different and required some creative planning on their part to see it through to completion. Each week this IMF team (Impossible Mission Force) pulled off the impossible and accomplished their mission.
On the surface, what Christ has called us to is a seemingly impossible mission.
To live life under His guidance through the Holy Spirit at work in us.
To live life as ambassadors for His Kingdom.
Funny part about being an ambassador....you do not have the privilege or freedom to do or speak on your own. An ambassador can only say or do as they are directed by their government. We are called to operate and approach life in the same manner.
The government we are ambassadors for is the Kingdom of God.
The mission we have been called to is found in our everyday walking around, job site, marketplace life.
We represent the Kingdom rule of God to those around us who do not know Jesus.
Jesus had the same orders when He walked this earth in the form of a man.
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work."
We see this call to "Finish the work" in step#12 of the twelve steps. "Taking the message to others." Telling those around us what we have found and how we have been able to move forward out of the darkness of sin, into the new life and light following Jesus. Isn't that weird how Jesus referred to His mission? He called it "my food". He found spiritual nourishment and was sustained by the simple fact that He was going to do whatever His heavenly Father told Him to do. Jesus was the original NIKE Spokesman. "Just Do It!" Don't analyze what you think you should do. Don't roll around the pro's and con's of whether you should or shouldn't do what you have heard God instruct you in. Just do it!
I do know this from personal experience.
If I am truly trying to follow God....
And not my own desires and wants....
Then if I do choose wrong, or miss it somewhere along the way....
He will not let me fall into destruction, or a ditch I cannot get out of.
I'd buy that for a dollar...wouldn't you?
Like I said at the beginning of this post, life seems like a mission that is impossible to carry out. And there will be the temptation and thought to cut and run back to your old ways.
All you have to do is today. All you have to take care of is today. All you have to focus on is getting through this day. Do that, and you may find that Mission Impossible turns into:
God on you....
Step # 1 We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable. Romans 718 - I know...