If God’s mission is unstoppable then what can we do to be an active participant in such a mission? Is God’s mission still applicable today in this twenty first century in which we live in? As people are we any different to those people who part of the mission in the very first century after the ascension of Jesus? Jesus last word’s to all those who followed Him was “go and make disciples of all nations”. This was the mission! It has always been the mission. It still is the mission. The mission is to build God’s kingdom here on earth by bringing lost and needy people to Him through Jesus!
Many years ago I was challenged by the lyrics of a song titled, ‘The Mission’, written by Steve Green who was the son of missionary parents. Let me share the lyrics with you as they are so challenging –
There’s a call going out across the land in every nation. A call who swear allegiance to the cross of Christ. A call to true humility, to live our lives responsibly. To deepen our devotion to the cross at any price.
Let us then be sober moving only in the Spirit. As aliens and strangers in a hostile and foreign land. The message we’re proclaiming is repentance and forgiveness, the offer of salvation to a dying race of man.
Chorus: To love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of our mission, the spring from which our service overflows. Across the street or around the world the mission’s still the same – proclaim the truth and live in Jesus’ name.
As a candle is consumed by the passion of the flame, spilling light unsparingly throughout a darkened room. Let us burn to know Him deeper, our service flaming bright, will radiate His passions and blaze with Holy light.
Chorus: To love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of our mission…
This song spurred me on to be an active participant in God’s unstoppable mission. But how can we be involved? What can we do? Today, Jason Lee, will take us to some practical counsel in how we can play our part in God’s mission. This is hands-on advice and follows on from our whirlwind tour of the Book of Acts. Love is the great foundation of our involvement in God’s unstoppable mission – love for Him; love for one another and love for those who are lost and in need of a Saviour. I hope you are challenged by today’s brief visit to Peter’s first letter and counsel in how to be involved in God’s continuing mission.