A mission call to answer
The Way of Mission asks us to consider what we are doing with our lives, and to make a choice to make a difference.
So often we are told that being faithful is about believing the right things or following the right rules.
What if a life of faith is more about having a mission?
A mission provides purpose and a sense of direction for life. It offers focus and lends a hand when decisions need to be made. How do I act? What do I do now? How do I relate to this person? Having a mission helps us answer these and other questions.
For example, if your mission is to have a healthy body, you will know how to answer these questions: What sorts of foods should I eat? How much of a priority is exercise? Should I smoke? A mission gives focus and helps you know how to live.
Sent Out In Jesus' Name
What is your mission?
What purpose gives direction to your life, actions and decisions? How does your faith shape your mission? The good news is that it is never too late to choose to follow Christ’s way — to choose to live your life on a mission to make a difference for God. And what does God desire?
O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Gifts Freely Given
The way of Jesus informs the way of mission. Jesus gave himself so that others could flourish and find a better way of living. He served in ways that lifted up those oppressed and held back. Jesus sacrificed himself out of love for God and others.
The way of mission reminds us that we too can freely give of our lives to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God!
When our lives are shaped by our mission we experience life with more clarity. We see our lives as making a difference beyond ourselves. Mission gives us perspective and purpose — helping us join in the good work God is already doing in the world around us. Stretching beyond your comfort zone can allow you to grow outside of your life and inside of your heart.
Mission informs our actions and decisions. Sometimes those will be small acts of kindness and care, and sometimes they will be larger — even bringing risk and sacrifice. The good news is that all the actions and decisions that flow from your mission matter. Small acts of justice or care can even have larger impacts than we expect. A small seed can grow into a giant tree.
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The Way of Mission is something we practice each day — never perfecting, but always at work shaping our lives. Check out the practices section of this website to find ideas for how to practice mission today, tomorrow, and across the rest of your life.
What do you think of when hear “bearing the cross”?
John Robert Lewis just passed away. So many words have been written about him that one more post won’t add much. So just one small thought from his memoir, Walking With the Wind.
What Mission calling will you pursue that risks falling out with those don’t get it? Will you stand with Black people for racial justice, even if it’s tricky?