mission: just act already!

Category : mission

If there’s one thing that most Christians struggle with, it’s finding their mission in life.  When we become followers of Jesus our whole worldview changes.  For many of us it means that we just aren’t satisfied pursuing wealth, fame, or recognition.  And if that’s where our jobs were heading, we find ourselves feeling very empty about our work.

But this presents a problem.  God doesn’t always give us a clear mission.  At least not in the sense that we’re looking for.  God doesn’t always say, “yes marry this person.”  “No, don’t take that job offer.”  Sometimes he does, but a lot of times he gives us the freedom to choose.

In this series on mission I’ve talked a bit about how we go about finding our mission. While many of us may never have a specific mission some of us will. I didn’t realize it at first but R3blog.net was my specific mission.  However that came with its own challenges.  The first, and biggest, was what do I call this blog!?

I spent hours.  Days.  Maybe even months agonizing over the name.  I knew I was supposed to start a website and talk about what it means to live out a life of faith.  I just didn’t know what that looked like.  And I certainly didn’t know how to name something.  I figured if God was calling me to something I should make it perfect.  After many hours I eventually decided on R3blog.net.  I thought it was amusing. (I used to say R3: Radical, Revolutionary, Different – and the “D” was the third “R” and it was different because it wasn’t an “R”.  Don’t worry, no one else thinks it’s funny either...)  But I realize now that all it does is confuse people!  Apparently I am not a branding genius.

Yet I believe God was more pleased with me acting than coming up with a clever name.  (Of course I’m endlessly jealous of well named blogs like “got-fruit.net”.)  But for me, my mission has never been about naming things.  I don’t think this blog would be any better (or worse) if I had chosen another name.  The act of faith was in the act of starting a blog, not in the act of naming the blog.

And you know what?  After all this time, I still don’t know what to name it.  I would have wasted nearly 3 years of work because I couldn’t come up with a name.  I’d still be working on that.  Sometimes our mission starts with action.  It would be nice if it came in a nice little package.  But it doesn’t.  Sometimes mission is messy.  Sometimes your mission is to just act in the now.

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what is my mission?

Category : living a life of faith, mission, taking action

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One of the areas we, as believers, can get hung up is on our mission.  For some reason we think that we can’t act until God comes down in a beam of light or burning bush and directly tells us what to do.  To put it bluntly: that’s a load of crap.

I told you it would be blunt.

The Bible gives us more than enough stuff to work on.  At the very least your “mission” is to fulfill Jesus’ words “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19).

This is even called “The Great Commission.”

Of course that can look like a lot of different things.  God is a creative guy, you can be creative too.  What matters is that you’re being obedient to God.  And while I don’t know what your specific mission may be.  I do know that if God wants you to do something specific he will let you know.  That’s part of what happens when we are obedient – God has an easier time giving us specific instructions.

Perhaps, though, you will never have  a specific mission.  That’s okay.  This isn’t some kind of competition.  You aren’t less of a believer just because you haven’t seen a burning bush.  Living out a life of faith is about being active.  Not sitting back waiting for your “moment” to come.  Even if you are never given anything specifically, you can still live out a life of faith.

So go.  Act.  Do something.