Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”Matthew 9:35-38 (CSB)
God is up to something amazing in the world today. It can be difficult to see at times, especially in seasons of division, contagion and crisis. But none of this has caught God off guard. He is not pacing the floors of heaven in concern over international health, bull markets, or American politics. He is actively superintending the affairs of human history to bring it all together, according to his plan, as he has been for thousands of years. God is up to something amazing in the world today and he has invited you in.
What, exactly, is God doing? The same thing he has been doing for millennia. Right now, today, God is actively redeeming sinful, broken human beings all over the globe and giving them new birth into a living hope through repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. God is on a mission to save the souls of all who would call on the name of Jesus. And he has invited you, today, to be part of it. You join God in his work every day when you leverage your life for the Great Commission at church, at home, at work, at school, online and among friends.
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The question every believer in Christ should be asking right now is, “How can I leverage my life today for Great Commission advance?” But let’s be real… it’s so easy to get distracted, isn’t it? With all the compounding problems of life under the sun, how is a Christ-follower to stay focused on the commission he or she has received from Jesus? If you are to walk this road with Jesus today with focus and effectiveness, it will require a few things of you.
The Lord Jesus himself modeled these for us. His daily rhythm included a pattern of focused intentionality that allowed him to stay on mission.
On the foundation of your faith in Jesus Christ and your daily devotions of prayer, Bible Reading and worship, here are five daily rhythms—modeled by Christ himself—to keep you on track today so that you can live on mission with Jesus.
5 Daily Rhythms to Live On Mission with Jesus:
1. MOVEMENT. “Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages…” No one could accuse Jesus of being idle. He was constantly on the move. Everything Jesus did, he did on his way somewhere else. Always moving forward. Always headed toward the cross. Idleness does not lend itself to missional engagement. The first word of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is “Go/Going.” Every breath God has given you is an investment in this mission. Every moment an opportunity to engage the world around you for Great Commission advance. So keep moving today—whether in your world that is physically or virtually. If you want to leverage your life to join Jesus in his work today, you’ve got to go. You can’t be disengaged and be on mission with Jesus. Mission requires movement.
2. CONTENT. “…teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom…” It is not enough to just do nice things for people. If you’re going to make your life count today, you actually have to communicate the content of the gospel message. Jesus was not simply a kind-hearted, nomadic faith-healer. He was on a mission to preach and teach the good news of the kingdom. You can do a thousand good things for people today, but if those good things are not in some way connected to the communicated content of the good news of Jesus’s kingdom they will have no eternal value whatsoever. To be on mission with Christ, you’ll need to open your mouth with the message of Christ today.
3. KINDNESS. “…and healing every disease and every sickness.” You may not have the gift of supernatural healing, but God has C invested in you the ability to meet the felt needs of many around you in some way. Jesus did not turn a cold shoulder to a genuine need. He went on mission, communicating the good news of the Kingdom of God and meeting felt needs along the way. Selfish fear is rampant in a generation plagued by contagion and crisis. Break the mold by allowing the spiritual fruit of kindness to manifest itself in your interactions with people. Today, do what you can to not only communicate the message of Christ, but to serve those around you with the hands of Christ.
4. COMPASSION. “When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” “You will only serve people to the degree that you love them… and the dirt on their feet will test your love for them,” wrote Aubrey Malphurs in Being Leaders. Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw the people wandering aimlessly through life like sheep without a shepherd. What is your first thought when a wandering sheep acts out of depraved aimlessness? Are you moved with compassion for them or are you bothered by them? To live on mission with Jesus you’ll have to surrender your flesh to the new heart he gave you at the moment of your regeneration. When spiritually wandering people act out of selfishness and fear, the deepest and most powerful feeling in your gut should be Christlike compassion.
5. URGENCY. “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” I don’t know if you and I have tomorrow. But if you are reading this, then we have today. The message of Christ is not complicated: repent from sin and believe the gospel. The gospel is not complicated, but it is urgent. After Jesus uttered these words in 9:38, he summoned the Twelve and sent them out in 10:5… the Twelve were God’s answer to the prayer Jesus asked them to pray. Don’t pray for God to do something that yourself are not willing to be used by him to do. The field is white for harvest today in your family, your workplace, your school, your city and your online community. Who will go to them on mission with Christ, if not you? And when will you go to them on mission with Christ if not today?
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So how about it? Will you live on mission with Jesus today?
Grace and Peace,