You are on mission
‘Go make disciples.’
Jesus used his last words on earth to give his disciples a job to do.
Don’t miss what he’s saying: being disciples means making disciples. It means telling others about Jesus and helping them follow his commandments (Matthew 28:19).
As a Christian, you are on mission.
Christians often think of mission as being ‘overseas.’ Some like to keep missionary work separate from evangelism.
But whether we call ourselves missionaries or evangelists, God’s given us the gospel message to take into our communities. And he’s preparing the hearts of people around us to hear and respond to his message.
‘[God] marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands… so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.’ Acts 17:26-27
God’s ‘appointed’ your time and place in history so that people who share your time and place would find him and grow in their love for him.
Have you ever thought about your neighbours like that? The guy who serves you at Tesco? Your stay-and-play leader? Your toddler? That new Christian at church?
Our sending agency
You might feel overwhelmed. But don’t be – making disciples isn’t a one-person job.
Just as those on overseas mission aren’t sent without resourcing and support, we too never go alone. Jesus has placed a missionary agency in your community, town or city – your local church (1 Corinthians 3:9).
The local church is where we’re resourced, encouraged, and trained to carry out our mission that God has called us to (Ephesians 3:12-13).
Church looks pretty ordinary. But it’s God’s way of reaching a world perishing without Jesus (Ephesians 3:16). So our mission is an urgent one.
What other reason do we need to jump out of bed on a Sunday morning? And every other day of the week, for that matter.