Over the Christmas break a few of our interns went to a training seminar to prepare to lead overseas missions trips with Grace Bible Church. During the seminar they saw a video that was very moving to them about the state of the Gospel around the world.
Every human being has to wrestle with the question of purpose. Why am I here? Do I have any special reason for being or any value to add to the world?
These questions are not solely the realm of those who do not know Jesus. Many of us spend years of our Christian lives wondering why we are still on this planet. Is our purpose in life to be as nice and good as possible, biding our time until we die or Jesus returns?
I trusted Christ when I was five years old and spent my childhood and teen years deeply involved in my local church. I learned about Jesus and all the major Bible stories, but for some reason I had a hard time putting it all together and connecting it to the purpose of my life. I still wrestled with those fundamental questions about why I was here on this earth. If Jesus came to save me, then why did He not just go ahead and take me to heaven, since it is so much better than earth?
My junior year of college, however, I took a semester-long course called “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement,” which discussed the plan of God for the earth and how we as Christians can be a part of it. It was in that class, and then in subsequent conversations with mentors and friends, that I finally locked onto the concept of the Great Commission
The very final words that Jesus spoke to His disciples prior to His ascent into heaven are found in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
“Missions” is not just a program for extraordinary Christians who want to spend their days on the other side of the world talking about Jesus. We are all called to a single mission, a task that ought to occupy our time and energy and money and thoughts, from the day we trust Christ until the day we meet Him face to face. Whether we live in Paris, France or Paris, Texas, whether we are professors or plumbers, we are called to be a light to all men and women, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus and teaching others to obey Jesus, so that eventually men and women from every tribe and tongue and people and nation can worship Him.
That is why we are here. This concept changed my life, and now I have a mission and a purpose. Can you say the same?