Discipling The Nations

I Was Here

When I look at the brevity of life, when I ponder on the extent of my days and remember life is but a vapor. I always get anxious at the thought of coming to the end of my life, without leaving a meaningful “mark” of my existence here on earth. I get convicted when I read the quote written by William Carey, “I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

I get convicted because, I desire for my life to matter, I have no desire for fame and fortunes but want my life to bring glory and honor to my Father in heaven. That I may someday say as Jesus did, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” John 17:4

I believe a big part of leaving a “mark” is understanding the part we play in God’s mission here on earth. We have a missionary God and His mission is to restore Creation, redeem His people, and for Him to be glorified. For some incomprehensible reason only known to Him, He desires to use us as the ” tool” to accomplish His mission:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28: 18-20

My mission (and I have decided to accept it…) is to do my part. I know His mission will be completed whether I do my part or not, but would it not be awesome to be part of the greatest mission trip ever? A mission trip in which we are commissioned by God himself. A mission trip with a final destination called “Paradise”.

I look forward to debriefing at the end of this trip, after all is said and done, and we gather to celebrate all God has done on this mission trip called “life”:

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” -Revelation 7:9-10

What motivates me to be part of “Missio Dei” (Mission of God)? Many things motivate me: the sense of accomplishment, the challenge of the task, the places that it takes me, the people I encounter and the miracles I experience. But, what ultimately moves me is the thought of what my Savior did for me on the cross. How can I do any less than give my life for the mission in order that someday I may stand confidently before my Father in heaven as He reviews all that He has accomplished through me?

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” -2 Corinthians 5:9-10

One of my favorite songs is by Charles Billingsley titled “Marks of The Mission.” I have heard this song many times but I had never focused on the lyrics. I pray that after you read the excerpt below you will be motivated to accept the mission that has been given to you, and say to the Lord, “All that I have I offer to you.”

Lyrics:

It wasn’t that far from where your life began
To where you laid it down
A man on a mission what we couldn’t see then
We can see it now
I can only imagine the look in Your Father’s eyes

When you came back home
And said look at the scars in my hands and my side
I just wanted you to know

These are the marks of the mission
These are the proof of all I’ve been through
The evidence of sin forgiven
All that I have I offer to you

I followed the call wherever it led me
It was worth every step of the way
I’ve come through the dark
Bearing the marks of the mission….

Seth Godin a marketing guru said, “Few people are interested in your resume any more. Plenty are interested in what you’ve done.”

Do you bear the marks of your mission? Are you being successful at the things that matter?

4 responses

  1. Thanks, Ray…I praise God, our Heavenly Father, for choosing to work through us and this is only possible because of the sacrifice His precious Son became for us on the cross. I am humbled.

    In Him,

    Art

    02/06/2012 at 4:25 pm

    • It is a blessing and a responsibility…may we live up to both!

      02/06/2012 at 5:33 pm

  2. Frances Childress

    Ray, Your posts are a blessing to me. I forward them to my girls! Cherished by The ONE, Frances

    02/06/2012 at 9:48 pm

    • Frances thank you for the encouraging words…I am just trying to “educate – encourage – challenge
      people to live on mission!

      02/07/2012 at 11:03 am

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