When I was young there was a television program called Mission Impossible. The secret agent would receive a recorded message outlining a seemingly impossible mission. The agent did not have to accept the mission. They could decline it. Accepting the mission could mean imprisonment or even death and it always involved going into enemy territory.
As Christians, we often forget that we are in "enemy territory". We forget that we are on a mission and behave as if this world is our home as we live for the here and now. Oh, I am not saying we should never do things we enjoy but we must not let them take precedence in our lives. We must always remember that we are on a mission.
When we became a Christian, we died to ourselves and became alive in Him. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans 6:6-7 (KJV) We no longer serve sin, we serve Him. We are on a mission to let the world know what God has done for us... and what He will do for them.
Often when we think of a mission, we envision going to a far away place but God does not send most people to faraway places. He sends you out into the world which is close at hand, right in your own backyard. Often we think a mission means we are preaching to people. While that certainly might be part of a particular mission, usually God is wanting us to be a living testimony for Him in the way that we live our lives. People should notice there is something different about you.
All missions do not look alike and sometimes well-meaning Christians may even tell you that your mission cannot possibly be a mission. Over the past couple of years, I have had a number of Christians recoil in horror at the idea that God would allow anyone to live with cancer. "No!" they cry, "That cannot possibly be! God can't be glorified unless you are healed!" Really? I beg to differ with you for I have experienced God being glorified even in the chemo infusion rooms. You see, God is bigger!
Only God fully knows why He sends us on a particular mission. At the moment, mine happens to be walking by faith despite physical illness. It happens to be declaring that regardless of what happens to our bodies, God is still there and He has us no matter what. We don't have to walk in fear in regards to what happens to us in the physical realm for we belong to Him. No matter what sort of path we walk, our God turns our darkness into light!
This is my testimony and mission. May God help us to faithfully carry out our mission every day.
I cannot help but liken your message here in this blog to that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3. Their mission was to live a holy life while in captivity and be a witness for God without sinning. And of course their came the time they were going to have to take a stand for God and not sin by worshipping the graven image. I love how they handled it.
(Dan 3:16-18) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, Â€ÂœO Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.Â€
Just like you living with your cancer, God did not keep them from being thrown into the fire, but Jesus showed up in the fire with them and they were unharmed when they came out of the fiery furnace.
Your faith and life is a wonderful testimony and brings much glory to God!