THE LOST ARE FOUND / THE FOUND ARE FREED / THE FREED ARE CONNECTED / THE CONNECTED ARE COMMISSIONED
26th May // Commissioned – Day 26 // Surrendered to the Mission
Reading – Matthew 16:24-25
If you know me at all it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I don’t really do the whole exercise thing. I mean I talk about signing up to the gym most Decembers, “New year, new me, joining the gym”. But if I’m honest, the gym bores me. I enjoy exercise, but for me to engage fully and to give myself to it I need a goal. I need a target. I need something that drives me.
I’ve found the same in my walk with God. The times when I take my eyes off the goal, off the target, off the mission, those are the moments in which I have least fulfillment and often in those seasons find myself moaning, complaining and becoming disillusioned.
The mission is the driving force. It’s what keeps us going. Take your eyes off the mission, and you won’t go anywhere or do anything.
And what is the mission?
Matthew 28:18 “… go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
The mission is a world full of lost and broken people encountering the powerful transforming love of Jesus. A love that forgives sin, changes lives, sets captives free and removes condemnation.
We love the idea of the mission but the problem is the mission costs us.
Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matt 16:24-25
The mission costs us. It will cost us our popularity, our friends, our plans and for some people even our lives. In those moments when we wrestle with the cost, it’s important that we remember that Jesus Himself laid down His life for the mission. He examples what it is like to live a life sold out to God’s purposes. We don’t have a clearer example of someone being surrendered to the mission of God than we do in Gethsemane when we see Jesus counting the cost, praying a prayer:
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke 22:42
Can we follow His example today? Are we sold out for the mission? Are we seeking the lost and making disciples? Maybe today you can reflect on your life, count the cost again and pray like Jesus did “I want your will to be done, not mine.”
By Darren McClatchey