• Jennifer

Living A Mission-Driven Life

I’ve always been drawn to the discussion of missions. The stories of men and women who’ve given their all for the Gospel are my favorite. I love hearing how they leaned into God, how they built a community, and how they shared Truth and watched lives transform.

I’m also the girl who prayed every night that God would never send her to Africa. Maybe I’ve been a little confused about how living your life on mission plays out.

Living a mission-driven life includes the stories of missionaries, foreign and abroad, but it also includes you and me right where we sit today.

An Overarching mission

As Christians, we are all given the assignment of ambassadors for Christ. It’s a high calling and one that should excite us!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ESV

This assignment comes out of what Christ has done for us. Because we are new creations, we have a message of reconciliation that the world is desperate for. We GET to offer this hope.

It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do for a living, where you live, or what limitations you have in your life. If you’re a new creation, you have an assignment.

You’re standing on your mission field right now.

A Personal mission

Our mission is also unique to us. Think of characters you know from the Bible. Each was given an assignment. They didn’t know what it was exactly or if they were getting it right all the time. What they knew was to be obedient every step of the way and to trust God.

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

Your personal mission will line up with the mission of reconciliation because this is what we are called to. It will also line up with the life you are currently living, but don’t be surprised if it also includes a change. God is on the move. He’s working a plan and by His grace, we’ve been given an invitation to join Him. Follow where He Leads.

Remember a mission-driven life isn’t fancy. It’s living holy, loving people, serving the hurting, and sharing the truth. It’s loving like Jesus and pointing people to the saving grace that is in Jesus Christ! We can do this in every corner of our little worlds.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. Philippians 1:27-28 ESV

Living Mission-Driven Life

What does it really mean to live a mission-driven life?

Isn’t it enough to know we have a mission and to try our best?

That’s a great place to start, but we can’t stay there. We have to set our eyes on the prize. Paul was living his mission hard when He said:

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:7-11 ESV

Paul went on to write:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 ESV

Paul pressed on through suffering, persecution, chaos, and confusion to live the mission God had called Him to. We can too.

Living a mission-driven life is simply a matter of saying, “yes, Lord” at every turn.

That’s my heart. Since you’ve made it this far in this post, I’d say it must be yours too.

Make sure you are seeking God, and I promise you you won’t miss your mission.

Cheering for YOU!

Verses For Further Study:

Micah 6:8 ESV: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Luke 4:18-19, 21 ESV: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (Jesus quoting Isaiah)... And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”