“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me. . .” Galatians 1:1-2
How can you tell if you about to waste your time?
Before we look forward, let’s look back: In ancient times, the word ‘apostle’ referred to an authorized representative who was sent on behalf of one with authority. A fleet of ships, an ambassador, or a messenger could be described as an apostle. In the New Testament, an apostle was a person who had witnessed the resurrected Jesus and preached the gospel to all the nations1.
What can you learn about God’s mission for your life by looking at Paul’s mission?
First, Paul made this clear: he was sent from God, not a group of people or a person. As a member of God’s family, you have also been sent. You have a mission from God! People can help you discover your mission, but you must not let them determine or define your mission. Allow the author of life to write your story–don’t settle for a second rate copy editor. God has a plan for your life. This doesn’t have to be an empty cliche, it’s a truth that you can build your life on because it’s eternal and unshakable.
Second, Jesus is always at the center of God’s call. The whole truth about God matters. The Father sent his Son to life a perfect live, die an unjust death, and be raised from the dead so that we can enter God’s family through faith. Living out your mission means you are saved by Jesus and you serve others in his name. Many people try to do the right thing, but we are called to do the right thing in the name of Jesus. Let us not forget the One who has sent us!
Finally, Paul mentions “all the brothers and sisters with me.” Paul often writes about the other people with whom he served. Paul didn’t travel the world preaching the gospel and planting churches on his own–he had help. Gods’ s call in your life will always include a call to do life with others. While periods of isolation lead to wisdom, Loneliness as a habit will leave you with discouragement and weak impact. You can’t love God without loving others because God made us to be better together.
What is God’s mission for your life? Is that too big to consider? I get it! Let’s narrow the scope: What is God’s mission for the next month of your life?
How important is Jesus, how often do you think of him?
When you consider your friends, do they bring you closer to Jesus? Do they help you discover and develop your life’s mission?
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