We are coming to the end of our series adapted from the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. We are concluding with Purpose 5 – You were made for mission.
Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the good news to everyone”. (Mark 16 v 15)
Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your eternal plan for mankind (Psalm 67 v 2)
Becoming a World-Class Christian
THE GREAT COMMISSION IS YOUR COMMISSION.
You have a choice to make. You will be either a world-class Christian or a worldly Christian.
Worldly Christians look to God primarily for personal fulfillment. They are saved, but self-centered. They love to attend concerts and enrichment seminars, but you would never find them at a missions conference because they aren’t interested. Their prayers focus on their own needs, blessings, and happiness. It’s a “me-first” faith: How can God make my life more comfortable? They want to use God for their purposes instead of being used for his purposes.
In contrast, world-class Christians know they were saved to serve and made for a mission. They are eager to receive a personal assignment and excited about the privilege of being used by God. World-class Christians are the only fully alive people on the planet. Their joy, confidence, and enthusiasm are contagious because they know they’re making a difference. They wake up each morning expecting God to work through them in fresh ways.
Which type of Christian do you want to be? God invites you to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and most significant cause in history — his kingdom. History is his story. He’s building his family for eternity. Nothing matters more, and nothing will last as long.
From the book of Revelation we know that God’s global mission will be accomplished. Someday the Great Commission will be the Great Completion. In heaven an enormous crowd of people from “every race, tribe, nation, and language” will one day stand before Jesus Christ to worship him.
Getting involved as a world-class Christian will allow you to experience a little of what heaven will be like in advance.
If you want to be like Jesus, you must have a heart for the whole world. You can’t be satisfied with just your family and friends coming to Christ. There are over 6 billion people on earth, and Jesus wants all his lost children found. Jesus said, “Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live!” The Great Commission is your commission, and doing your part is the secret to living a life of significance.”
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan (adapted from the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren)