What’s your mission in life? If you could accomplish 5 things during your time on earth, what would you focus on? What would define you and the legacy you leave for the generations ahead?
Depending on where you are in life, your answers to the above questions may be about your education, your career, your interests, your family, your spouse, your children, your hopes, your aspirations, your retirement…the list goes on.
Take your answers to the questions above, and hone in on ONE thing. ONE goal, ONE mission, ONE legacy. What’s it going to be?
Shouldn’t our life mission be something that not only brings us joy, but also satisfaction? Shouldn’t the mission itself be motivation enough? Shouldn’t there be a sense of fulfillment and rest in knowing that we’re striving for something awesome, that we’ve accomplished something greater than us?
So why don’t we have that joy? Why don’t we experience that satisfaction? Why are we always searching for motivation instead of acting on it? Why don’t we feel fulfilled? Why are we so exhausted?
Perhaps we’ve got this whole “life mission” thing wrong. Perhaps it’s less about us and more about the mission. Perhaps the mission we’ve chosen is not the mission we were created for.
In any good spy movie or mystery book, the mission is always GIVEN – not chosen. The protagonist of the story never gets to have their pick from a whole buffet of choices. There is only ONE.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you have already been given a mission. Your legacy has a template. Your mission in life – your ONE mission in life is this: To make Him known. The template for your legacy is the life of Christ, your outline is the Word of God. Consider these words:
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? | Proverbs 24:11-12
The mission is clear.
You know what else is clear? The fact that we can’t pull one over on God. When we stand before Him face to face and give an account of our lives, we won’t be able to make any excuses. Sure, we can try. But He who weighs the heart perceives it. He who keeps watch over our souls, knows it.
But God, I didn’t realize that when you said ‘all nations’ you really meant that I should tell EVERYONE about you… but God, I just thought it was best to not say anything in order to not risk pushing them away… but God, I wasn’t trained for this so how could I evangelize when no one taught me how? — Stop. Because it simply ain’t gonna cut it.
As true as those statements may be in some regard, they’re really just excuses. If God didn’t intend for us to go to ALL nations, He would have said so. If God wasn’t loving and impartial enough to offer salvation to ALL people, He would have made that abundantly clear. If God didn’t have the power to teach us HIMSELF, He wouldn’t have given us such a GREAT (and kinda crazy) command.
But He did and He is and He does.
Maybe you think you’re playing it safe and wise when it comes to having a mission to be successful, accomplished, and financially well-off. Well, here’s the truth: You’re not playing it safe. You’re not being wise. You’re making a pretty risky gamble in which the odds are a million percent against you. I know there’s no such thing as “a million percent” but that’s how set in stone this is, that’s how SURE I am of these words:
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. | Luke 9:23-26
The only safe and wise option is being sold out for Christ – living RADICALLY for Christ. That’s the only investment that will give you unlimited, infinite, a-million-percent guaranteed returns. Living on mission doesn’t mean knocking off those 5 things on your list and getting around to Jesus’ mission for you when you get the chance. No. It’s all or nothing. It’s Him or yourself. There is no in-between.
Still not convinced? The end of Proverbs 24:12 reminds us that there’s a reward in store for those of us who choose to recognize verse 11 as our mission. Know this: He is a just and generous Master. Our reward may not be tangible, but it’ll be far more than we could ever deserve or earn. How often the intangible is more valued than the tangible. This is most true of His rewards.
Forget about your career goals. Forget about your desired salary. Forget about your retirement plans. Forget about your ideal spouse and children and Pottery Barn house. The mission is not about you. It’s about HIM.
Beloved, know with confidence: this mission is self-motivating. This mission is greater than all of us. This mission is completely satisfying.