Do You Know Your Mission?

What is the great commission?

  • Do you know your great commission?

As new creations, born-again, believers in Jesus Christ our mission is to no longer be self, for selfish gain or even fulfilling our own wants or desires.

Our mission is the great commission. Not fulfilling the great commission is to choose to live in rebellion against God –His Word.

Does this mean we slack in our responsibilities to work, care for our families or even go grocery shopping. No! (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)

  • What is does mean, is our eternal focus should supersede our temporal status.

So whether it is a church, or an individual who is a child of God, we have no scriptural basis to claim “I/we did it in the past.” This holds no merit and it walks in disobedience to Christ –to the great commission we have been commanded to fulfill.

  • The great commission is never passive.
  • The great commission is active!

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Is God pleased with your mission or does it need to be adjusted?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Amen! Walk ye in Your Commission

Amen! The great commission!

Matthew 28:19-20. We are all commanded to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We are all commanded to make disciples of Jesus Christ. It is not just your Pastor’s job. It is every believers commission! The Lord has not left you unable. You are equipped, empowered, and endwelled by the Spirit Himself. Prepare yourself in Him, study with others in a discipleship/soul winning class, talk with your Pastor about some books you could read up on the subject. Now go! Obey your Lord Jesus and walk ye in Him! We make it a lot harder than it really is.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Two Small Fries | Matthew 28:19-20

We were recently on vacation. On one of our “meal” stops we had used coupons at this particular fast food restaurant. Happy that we had saved some monies, we took are places and waited for our food. To our surprise, we ended up with two extra drinks, two extra fries, and two extra cheeseburgers.

We prayed for our food and began eating. And yes, we had a conversation on how this had happened. It was clearly my mistake for I did not read the one coupon correctly. We didn’t need the extra drinks, we certainly didn’t want to eat the extra fries, and the cheeseburgers were still up in the air on what we would do with them.

What were we to do?

This is what happened…

We saw. We saw a teen boy sitting on the other side of the building. We asked him if he wanted some fries. He said no.

We continued eating.

By this time more folks had entered the restaurant.

We now saw a couple. We took over the fries, explained to them how we have extra fries and asked them if they would like them. The man smiled, patted his belly happily, said a hearty thank you and they took the fries.

We continued our meal then began the process of cleaning up when this thought came to mind, “Tell them about Me.”

We had shared love with these folks, physically, but their souls were more important than two small fries.

To my shame, my first response was, “I don’t want to bother them again.” Then the Spirit said, “How did you bother them the first time? They were happy to get those fries.” ((Convicted!!!))

Our conversation with the couple wasn’t long, but God-seeds were sown, to God’s glory! They were left with a specific tract that explains the Gospel in detail and we pray that someday they will come to Christ.

Later, as we were back on the highway, my soul was going through more conviction.

  1. I was convicted of my first response to not go. I couldn’t believe that was my first response, but at the same time I could. I was reminded, once again, that my flesh is weak and without Him I can do nothing (Matthew 26:41; John 15:5-7).
  2. I was convicted that if I didn’t go (back) who would tell them about Christ? (Matthew 28:19-20)

You see, we can not rely on other believers to fulfill our God given command. It doesn’t work that way. We are each responsible and accountable to obey. If we all responded like my first response, how would the message of Jesus Christ be proclaimed? It wouldn’t. Because we would be resting or relying on others to do what we ourselves have been commanded to do. And the last time I checked, that’s called disobedience.

Those fries were a tool, even in my mistake God used fries to help us share Himself with a couple who we do not know but God does.

I am glad we obeyed!

How’s your response to the Great Commission?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Church…we ARE Plan A there is no Plan B

3 Simple Reasons why Church is God’s Plan A.

Here are three simple reasons why “church” is GOD’S plan A and there is no plan B in God’s book. Why we must stop kicking and screaming and questioning God’s plan. It is He that is in change. It is HIS salvation gift to us. It is His death that paid the price…NOT OURS!

1. Church is plan A because God tells us NOT to forsake the gathering of ourselves together as believers. This is one of those hot buttons of the day and yes, I am going to talk about it! First, I’d like to say that I am truly sorry if you have been hurt, offended, or even abused in any form by the church as a whole. This is WRONG!! This is not pleasing, honoring, or glorifying to the Lord nor is it not His plan for His church.

But may I ask you a question? Have you ever bought something from a store, like meat, and got home to find out that it was bad? Did it stop you from buying meat for the rest of your life? 

Have you ever had food poisoning from a restaurant? Did that stop you from ever eating out again? Most likely NOT! 

SO…why is it when something “bad” at church happens we lump them all together and vow the mother of all vows that ALL Christians are hypocrites, ALL churches are filled with liars, cheaters, hypocrites, and rotten filthy sinners and we are never going back. 

I want to stop right here. I understand, I know I talk with ladies who have physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually been abused by family members, unbelievers as well as believers. None are right. None should have happened (mine included), but we live in a sin-filled world and we have a choice. Yes, we have a choice even in the midst of our greatest pain, sorrow and trial. Will I use this situation to grow closer to my Heavenly Father or will I take it and grow bitter by the the day.

So often, I see “church” used as an excuse and see bitterness grow by the day and the choice to live in disobedience to God spiral from that one choice! 

The bitterness will take you farther than you ever excepted to go. 

Regardless of what enters of life, we are accountable before Christ. When we use people as an excuses to not obey Christ, we justify our own actions and guilt to make ourselves feel better. 

I have another question to ask you. I am assuming you got over your food poisoning or got over that purchase of “bad meat.” If I opened your refrigerator door, I would find it full or at least part-way full and would come to find out that you have feasted on many meals “outside” of your home. You didn’t grow bitter at the “bad” meat. You didn’t call the store a hypocrite. You didn’t hold a grudge. You didn’t allow bitterness, people, or excuses from stopping you from shopping or eating, did you??!!

So why the double standard? Using people, excuses, our own bitterness and unforgiveness to NOT obey God is sin. If you are a child of God, you are part of plan A…you are not doing your part. You are needed, but you are choicing to missing out on God’s plan A. 

Because Matthew 18 wasn’t practiced like it should have been when the offense happened, sadly, you are hurting yourself, the church, fellow believers, unbelievers, and you are hurting the cause of Christ…for what “bad meat?” That didn’t stop you before!

Reconcile that “bad meat” even if the other party doesn’t want too! Make it right before God on YOUR end!! Go and confront that offense! Seek and be ye reconciled. Forgive.

I speak from experience! I have “abuse” in my background. What kind I will not speak of at this time, but believe me when I tell you, I know! I know what I feels like, how it hurts, the anger, bitterness, the confusion, the spiral effects. But I also know the healing power of God in ones heart and life. I know the comfort and release of walking in obedience to the Father and it is worth it all! I would do it a thousand times over!

It is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it is one of the most spirit-freeing (bondage releasing) God+you experience you will ever do, because when you walk in trust and obedience, God blesses! You NEVER go wrong walking in obedience to Christ….NEVER!

Hebrews 10:25

2. The very second you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, He gave you at least one spiritual gift, at least one. You may have more! Do you know your spiritual gift or gifts? Do you know God wants that gift or gifts to be used? Yeppers, you guessed it! For Him, for His Glory in His Church! 

I hear the question already, can you use your God-given gift in other places? Sure! But the primary place is where He wants, within His Church. Again, this is not our plan or trying to make our plan work…this is God’s plan. We either obey and do or not!

I Peter 4:10-11

3. Church is Plan A because it is the only plan! We are to be proclaiming, mouthpieces, ambassadors, of what and who God is and what He has done for us to everyone soul we come in contact with. To fail to accomplish the great commission is to live in disobedience to Christ. 

Matthew 28:18-20

  • The bottom line is this: God’s Word is clear. The choice is in your hands…your heart.
  • How will you choose to walk before the very God who gave you your eternal life? 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}