Have you ever wondered what exactly your role is in life? Even if you assume a Biblical worldview, the meaning of your life can still be a bit hard to pinpoint. In our previous post called “Missional Abandonment,” we talked a lot about the cost of following Jesus and how it’s all for His glory. If you haven’t read that post, I encourage you to go back and read it now. So, thinking about following Christ and being on mission, what exactly does that look like? Take a look at this verse in Genesis with me. Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV) “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
Did you get that last part? All the families of the Earth will be blessed through the children of Abraham. I closed the last blog out by saying, “God’s mission is the reason why there is a Bible at all.” These three verses in Genesis is the thesis for the entire Bible. This is the whole of God’s purpose! The whole thing revolves around what is being said here, that “all the families of the Earth will be blessed.” This is why He has saved us. Check out this verse in Romans 8:28 (ESV)28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
When you take that verse by itself it sounds a little bit like the whole thing is about us, right? Let’s look deeper. What is this good that all things are working for? Remember Joseph and his wicked brothers in Genesis? He tells them, “As for you, you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Just for a side note, don’t you just love the “but God” parts of the Bible? Anyway, back to the story. This is one of those verses that we just get all in Satan’s face with, right? Still the question remains what is this good that the Word is talking about? Back to Romans, we can see in the next verse what Paul is talking about. Romans 8:29 (ESV)29 “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
The idea is that Christ is the firstborn among many brothers and sisters who are glorifying His glorious name for what He has done on the cross! We are not very good at that; therefore, missions exist. There is a great quote by John Piper from his book, Let the Nations be Glad, that says, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” God gets Christ to the glory seat through our worship. You and I have been given the greatest mission mandate of all time, which is to bring God glory through our lives being as living sacrifices to Him. After all, that is true worship! Because there is still a few billion people that have never heard the Gospel, we cannot afford not to live on mission for Jesus.
You remember our commission, right? If we really believe that Jesus is who he says he is then this commission ought to be a part of us! Let me share this, I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s mission for the world. I know without a shadow of a doubt that He is longing to be made known throughout the nations; however, I find myself so often saying that without actually acting on it. Recently our pastor went through a series talking about a lot of this stuff and a point he made was this, “Agreeing is not the same thing as obedience.” Let that sink in for a moment. Now, ask yourself. “Do I just agree with Jesus and his commission?” “Or am I obedient to it?” If you don’t know the answer to that, I hope that you will ask Jesus to search your heart and guide you to a point in life where you can say, “I’m souled out for Your purpose Jesus.” Blessings!