The other day I was part of a conversation that reminded me once again of the difficult times in which we live, and the confusion about what it means to live on mission. Once again, our country has been rattled by racial tension and a political debate that seemed to create as many questions as answers. I began to field question of fear, confusion, and even temptations (and deep desire) to hide from the confusions. These reactions are normal. Many have never lived in a time like this. Many have no experience with the kind of issues, pressures, and chaos we are facing. However, as with my previous posts, we are appealing to our readers to choose to live aggressively on mission. God has called us to be his ambassadors in THIS time. Sure, we could wish for a different time. We could wish we lived somewhere else. But we cannot. Our call is to live on mission right her and right now. Martin Luther King Jr once said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Our hope is that this post, as well as the previous two, will give you courage and conviction to stand during these challenging and trying times.
Goal 8 – Love other Christians passionately
Jesus said: “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
It is heartbreaking, and unacceptable, for Christians to attack each other publically. Certainly we disagree. That is to be expected. But we are not allowed to act unloving. In fact, our Lord says we are commanded to publicly and passionately love each other.
Goal 9 – Love your Enemies
The Bible says there will be people who hate us. There will be people who will hate our faith and our Lord. But, the strength of the Gospel allows us to love them – to bless them – to forgive them – to pray for them.
Anyone can hate an enemy. We are Christians! We can love our enemies because we were once enemies of God and He loved us. We accepted his love and were adopted into his family. NOW – we can love our enemies too.
Living on mission requires us to love and to risk and to reach out.
Goal 10 – Live with the end in mind
The Bible reminds us:
You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:5-7)
These difficult days, though they feel so long, are actually temporary. Our God is a missionary God. His mission to redeem fallen creation began in the Garden after the fall. His mission will be accomplished and his kingdom will come. Today, we struggle. But we know that today is not all there is.
We live on mission because God is on mission. These difficult days do not derail God’s mission. These difficult days actually provide the greatest platform and display the greatest need.