|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You’re on a mission from God!”
Several times this month I’ve referred to scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic series “The Lord of the Rings”. I’ve used those scenes as illustrations of what it looks like to be part of a grand adventure and to live by faith. I love the way the unlikely heroes in the story were part of something greater than themselves. C.S. Lewis used the same literary device in his series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. We even saw it play out in the movie “The Blues Brothers”. The entire story revolves around the efforts of Jake and Elwood Blues to save the orphanage they grew up in. As Elwood described it, “We’re on a mission from God!”
May I ask you this morning, “Are you on a mission from God”? Do you see your life as being part of a grand adventure you’re involved in, something greater than yourself? You should. That is what the Christian life is. Jesus said so Himself, numerous times. We read one of those times in Acts 1:8 (above). There, just before He ascended back into heaven, He told His disciples that they would receive special power from the Holy Spirit and then they were to go out in the neighborhoods, cities, states, nations, and around the world serving others in His name and spreading the Good News of salvation. They were on a mission from God!
And so are you. That’s the grand adventure of your life. You are to be on-mission with Jesus serving others and sharing the Gospel. Perhaps your part in the adventure will be limited to your immediate surroundings of home, neighborhood, workplace, and community. That’s fine and it’s sufficient. Or, maybe your part will take you a little further, to other places in your state or nation. But if you’re really fortunate and adventurous, your involvement in the grand adventure of the Great Commission could include mission trips to other places around the world.
The point is that we’re on a mission with Jesus in this world to spread His love, to bless people in His name, and to share the Good News of the Gospel. It’s a joint effort with our fellow travelers, and it is an effort that is bigger and grander than any of us as individuals.
God has called us to be part of something bigger than ourselves. It will require faith and courage on your part, and it will often not be easy. But this is what you have been called to, and it is what God has prepared you for. You are indeed on a mission from God.
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