What's Your Mission? (Part 3): A Task Beyond Me
As I reflected on this post, I realized that defining my mission to love God, love others, and make disciples, might actually be too small.
It is small because I have converted it to a checklist that I can complete.
Did I love and worship God today? Check.
Did I serve others? Check.
Did I seek to make disciples? Check.
It is so easy for me to think that God’s mission is up to me.
In my earnest zeal, my life—even if it is centered on fulfilling these great commandments—can become very self-centered. What can I do?
But the Great Stewardship is not about what I can do. It is what God has commissioned me to do. And it is a task beyond me:
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen 1:27-28)
As a human, I bear His image. That is already a great privilege.
But there’s more.
In her Bible study, The Promised One, Nancy Guthrie comments that ancient kings would leave an image of themselves in any foreign lands they conquered as a reminder of who rules this territory.
And the light goes on. I have been left here as His image to remind this creation who truly rules this world.
On my own, I do a sorry job.
This mission is certainly not something I can convert to a checklist.
It is why a solid spiritual life is absolutely essential. It is foolish to think that I can do this kind of work by my own ingenuity.
And yet, if I’m honest, isn’t that how I live when I skip my personal time with God, even if I am preparing to do His work, or when I forget to pray and forge ahead alone?
The Christian life is not just about doing good things and showing up at church. The badge of busyness is not our goal.
Instead it is this:
How well did I represent my King today?
This is my mission, your mission.
Heavenly Father, we need You! Would You enlarge our understanding of our work here on earth. We want to make it manageable, but You give us a task far beyond our abilities. Would You sink this calling into our heart and teach us how to lean on You to carry it out? Thank You for this honor as Your image-bearer. Amen.