Many years ago, there was a popular drama TV show that began each episode with a special crime agent receiving a top secret message on a reel-to-reel tape player. It went like this: “ Jim, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to… This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Good luck Jim.” It was the show, Mission Impossible.
In the body of Christ, God has given you an opportunity for a mission that is possible.
In Eph. 2:10 LB Paul says,
It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.”
You weren’t create just to consume resources and take up space. You were put on the earth to make a contribution. While many books today offer advice on how to “get” the most out of life, that is not the reason God made you. You were created to “add” to life on earth, not just take from it.
Just like God told Jeremiah, He is speaking to you,
Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1:5)
What an honor to know that there is a special assignment in you, that is unique to you. God paid a great price for you, so use your body to honor Him. We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy and deep gratitude for what He has done for us.
Why does God leave us in a fallen world after we are saved? He leaves us here to fulfill His purposes. Once you are saved, God intends to use you for His goals. God has a ministry for you to serve Him with and a mission fro you in the world. When you got saved, Jesus got a new pair of eyes to see with, new ears to listen with, new hands to help with, and a new heart to love others with.
God wants to use you to make a difference in His world. It is not the duration of your life that matters as much as your donation of it. Don’t think of how long you have lived; rather, how you lived. The scriptures are a history of God using all sorts of people in service, doing His will in the earth. In all the cases, God used imperfect people to bless others. He will use you, too, if you will only stop making excuses. It is a mission, and it is very possible.
Lord, I want to spend my life helping others.
Show me today how I can add to the lives around me.
Thank you for choosing me for your special assignment.
My assignment is unique to me and how you shaped me.
Use me to accomplish your goals.
Help me to make a difference in my world, in Jesus’ Name.
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