God creates every person, and every person, without exception, has been given a mission to bring into the world. This mission may need to be shared in our home, work, the ball fields or the church. It may reach one person or thousands.
Being true to our mission is one of the greatest challenges of life.
Our minds will try to talk us out of this mission. The negative voices will stir doubt within us.
Marianne Williamson writes about this:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone
It is really difficult to believe this is true for us, so many of us reject or leave hidden what God has placed inside of us and we reach for the counterfeit solution; which is, recycling other people’s mission from God.
We read a book, or go to a conference, and discover what God is doing in someone else’s church or lives. We believe they have found the solution. The excitement in us builds and we try to get other people excited. We recruit people, secure the money from the budget, make signs and announcements to launch this new ministry that is going to turn around the church. It works great! People love it…for a while.
It never sustains itself because we don’t know how to lead it. It came from a book, Podcast or conference—not us.
You know the rest of the story. This process or cycle will play itself out over and over —always on the outlook for the next solution that is going to revitalize the church.
The true solution exists within our soul—where God abides within us. We have to be still and healthy enough to commune with God in this place. In time, it becomes deeper and clearer—the courage to share it begins to build.
We then surround ourselves with people who can help birth this vision into the world. We cannot do it alone. So, we invite people who will care for our mission and us until it becomes a reality.
Birthing our mission is a slow, painful process. We will want to give up. We will wish that we had kept in our safe place. We will have to give up our stories and expectations of how this should look or how many people will be served—it does not always happen this way.
Being faithful to God’s Mission in our lives is the same as walking in the steps of Christ. We do not have to be Christ. We have to be ourselves.
He fulfilled his mission all the way to the cross and out of the tomb—ministering to us today through the Holy Spirit.
We are asked to live out our mission and surrender where it takes us.
What If…We fulfilled our Mission
Then…We would stop looking outside of God Alone for the solution
Then…We would seek to become spiritually healthy enough to see our mission
Then…We would begin to lead out of our true calling and vision
Then…We would share with our church members that everyone has a mission
Then…The Church would become full of people seeking their calling
Then…The Church would be revitalized