I was listening to a song on Sunday morning before church, and it somehow (I’m still not quite sure how) impressed upon me something that had been escaping me for a while now. You can listen to the song below, and I’m pretty sure you won’t get the connection either. It’ s okay though: when something like a song, a teaching or a sermon gives me an interpretation I never could have gotten on my own, I can be pretty sure God had a hand in it.
Last week was probably the most unproductive week I’ve had in a long time. Try as I might, I had a very difficult time focusing on my paid writing assignments, and I ended up with four of them to complete on Sunday. I just didn’t feel like doing anything, really.
You see, while I enjoy my paid assignments, several book ideas have been on my mind for a long time now, and I am no closer to publication on any of them than I was a couple years ago when I began writing on a regular basis. These are book ideas that I feel have been in some way inspired by God, and that I think He wants me to write.
The night before, I had remarked to my husband that I had written the equivalent of about 3 full-length book manuscripts in the last year-and-a-half with these paid assignments. That’s 3 books I could have written, but no guarantee anyone would want to publish them or pay me a penny for them, while the paid assignments have been helping support my family and getting us ready to send my son to college in less than two years.
Theoretically, I have time to do both. Somehow though, I never seem to get to any manuscript writing. Sometimes it’s because I get distracted and fool around while writing my assigned writing and it takes longer than it should. Most often, though, I put “my own” writing last and find myself out of energy or time to work on my own projects.
My thoughts on Sunday morning had me feeling differently though. Suddenly I was gripped with the thought that writing these books was God’s mission for me. My next thought: was I living my life like I was on a mission from God? I realized that no, I often didn’t live my life this way.
What is the objective of our Christian life? I used to think that it was to know God as well as we could, to spend intimate time with Him, and to develop and grow my relationship with Him. And I still believe that my relationship with God through Christ, as communicated through the Holy Spirit, is of the utmost importance. Nothing else in life really means anything without that relationship.
But that morning, I had another thought. God didn’t just initiate and sustain a relationship with me so that I could cultivate and develop it for the rest of my human life. He did it so that I could bring it into the world and do something with it.
If having a relationship with Christ was the be-all and end-all of existence, then Jesus would have just gotten the disciples into a room and kept them, communed with them there for His entire ministry. But just a quick thought about his ministry as depicted in the gospels reveals that even before most of them understood much about Him or His ministry, He was sending them out to minister to others.
The disciples had a mission from Jesus–several of them, in fact. Whether it was taking care of widows, healing the sick, or telling others about how they could come to know Jesus as their savior, the disciples lived out their faith in real and tangible ways, even facing death for their beliefs.
Jesus’ kingdom isn’t just a static kingdom that eventually gets you to heaven; His kingdom starts here and now, and there is a lot of work involved. He doesn’t just save us for heaven; He transforms us and gives us a mission to fulfill in this life.
I believe that part of our life as believers should be spent in prayer, asking God what mission He has for us. If we live our Christian lives without discovering that mission, we will have missed something vital about this life on earth. And once we discover it, I pray that it colors our life and puts everything else in perspective so that we can’t help but work toward that mission with all of our strength.
So, are you on a mission from God? Share your thoughts below.