Everyone has a mission.
Mission is defined as an undertaking, operation, task, job, trust or assignment. Every individual, every family, every group and every organization has a mission. Even Ethan Hawke has one.
In the recent Asian Pastors Equipping Conference, Pastor Steve Murrell asked a question that was addressed to everyone whether in full-time ministry or not.
“Does your mission line up with the mission of God?”
For us to be able to answer that question, we have to first be clear about what the mission of God is.
In Matthew 4:18-25, we can see 3 aspects of this Missio Dei or the mission of God.
1. We are called to MAKE DISCIPLES, not just GATHER CROWDS.
It’s not about how many people show up. The word crowd is a relative term. The mission is to make disciples. And Jesus did that in a small group relational discipleship setting.
The value is not about how many people show up in our meetings and services. The main value is Christ. And the Great Commission He gave was to go and make disciples.
When we get our identity from numbers, not from Christ, then we have missed the point of the mission of God.
2. We are called to PREACH THE GOSPEL, not COMMUNICATE MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES.
These days, pastors have been called or even dubbed themselves as ‘thought leaders,’ ‘cultural architects,’ and ‘motivational speakers.’
Steven Seamands in his book “Give Them Christ,” he emphasizes the need to stay the course. We are called to preach the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and return of Christ. We are to preach Christ – who He is, what He did and what He is all about.
Preaching should lift us out of the temporal and set us on the track of eternal.
3. We are called to HEAL THE AFFLICTED, not SPIRITUALIZING PHYSICAL, SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL NEEDS.
Matthew 4:23 tells us that Jesus went about healing the afflicted.
We are to pray for the sick every chance we get. Sick people have a better chance of getting well the more we take time to pray for them.
Moreover, it is not just about healing the sick. It is also healing societal ills. We are to be an advocate for the oppressed, the hurting and the powerless.
This is the Missio Dei.
The mission of God is this: DISCIPLING, PREACHING, AND HEALING.