Matthew 22:36-40, "“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was and He responded by saying first to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and second to love your neighbor as yourself. So, where does being on mission tie into this?
There is no greater way to love God and to love others than to talk to them about Him.
We live our lives for ourselves more often than not. Far too often we prefer to live in our comfortable and understandable worlds where we know everyone and we know everything that is probably going to happen. We typically don't like surprises, unless they are good and involve cake :). We have a hierarchy of needs that guide everything we do and usually somewhere near the top are things like; safety, protection, basic provision, freedom, peace, comfort and rest. The better question for today is:
Where does being on mission tie into this?
Do we believe that Jesus had all authority when He commanded the Great Commission? Do we believe that if we step out of our comfort zones into the unknown of this mission that He will be with us? Does that matter enough to encourage us to do it? Do we believe that living for this mission really is the key to our joy, peace, and fulfillment in life?
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- What are the fears that come with living out this mission?
- What would help move us into a more active life on this mission?
- What are the promises of God as we go and what are some of the benefits of being on this mission?
Pray for the hearts of Christians to love God in a way that will not allow us to not talk about Him. Pray for the hearts of Christians to love the lost in a way that will not allow us to not talk to them about Him.