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Friday, July 14, 2023

I Was Made for a Mission

In John 17:18 it says, “In the same way that [the Father] gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world." (The Message)

I was made to make a unique contribution with my life. I was made for a mission to the world around me. God created me to have both a ministry in the church and a mission in the world.

Jesus says in John 17:18, “In the same way that [the Father] gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world” (The Message). One day, I’ll stand before God and he’ll ask me, “What did you do with what I gave you?” At that point, I’ll answer for how I used the gifts God gave me to complete the mission he has for me.

Paul says, “But I reckon my own life to be worth nothing to me; I only want to complete my mission and finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do, which is to declare the Good News about the grace of God” (Acts 20:24 GNT).

So what is the assignment God has given me?

God made me to share the Good News. Once I know who Jesus is and what he did to make me right with God, I need to share the message with others.

Jesus said in Acts 1:8: “You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world” (NCV).

Notice that Jesus doesn’t call me to be his salesperson or his defense attorney. I don’t have to sell Jesus to others or defend him.

Jesus tells me to be his witness. I’m simply telling others what happened to me. I am the authority on my life. So nobody can be a better witness of what God has done in my life than me.

Jesus wants me to go all over to share this message—to neighbors, to people who are like me, and to people who are not like me. Their future in eternity is at stake. Unfortunately, millions of people die every year and go into eternity without a relationship with Christ.

There is no more important mission for me to spend my life on than sharing the Good News about Jesus. And, there is no better time than now to be on that mission.

A key verse to take to heart is Acts 13:36: “David served God’s purposes in his own time” (GNB).

That should be my direction too so that I too can serve God’s purpose in my time. Nothing I can do is more important.