Thursday, November 11, 2021

What Does God Want From Us?

 Thursday, November 11, 2021 Some material taken from You Were Made for Mission

Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" Matthew 28:19-20

What Does God Want From Us?

God created us all for some very specific reasons. He did create us to do all His work for Him, but He created us for relationship with Him. He wants to redeem human beings from Satan and reconcile them to himself so we can fulfill five purposes: 

To love him, (Worship)

To be a part of his family, (Relationship)

To become like him, (Transformed into the image of His Son)

To serve him, (Ministry)

To tell others about him. (Missions)

Once we know God and have a relationship with Him, then we can then carry these five purposes on to others in the world. We can go out and spread His love to the world. Will they believe us? Will they be open to what we have to say? We are faced with the challenge of taking His message to others without even knowing we will be received. Until we are sharing the Gospel and changing lives, we will never be really fulfilled, because this is our God given purpose. 

What Will Really Fulfill Us? 

Feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, ministering to the sick, are all very worthwhile things to do, but the only way we will ever know true satisfaction is when we are leading people to salvation in Christ Jesus. Our true purpose is to know Him and make Him known. The only real reason we are here on this earth is to make disciples. It is very easy for us to stray from this purpose. Joshua brought the people repeatedly back to the Gilgal, the place of commitment and purpose to keep them focused on God’s purpose.  

God calls us to him, but then sends us out for Him. We are representatives of God and His kingdom in everything we do. It is a great responsibility and privilege to be entrusted with this important honor of reaching the ones still living and keeping the message of the gospel going from one generation to the next. If just one generation fails to pass the gospel message on to the children, a whole legacy of faith

When we are on MISSION, we are committed for God’s purpose for our lives, devoid of selfish ambition. When we are committed for God’s purpose we are committed to the Church – the body of believers. Individually and together as the body of Christ our purpose is one. A unified body with a unified purpose – reaching the lost world for Christ – through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and mall were made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

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