The people of God are to be a people on mission. The Christian mission can be defined as the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith; to evangelize the nations. Living on mission then, means that all Christians are involved in evangelizing our community with the message of the gospel.
For many Christians, evangelism is considered optional, only for mature believers, or only for staff member of the local church. The Bible, however, is clear that all Christians are called to live on mission; called to take the good news of the gospel to all the nations.
Two biblical references in particular, make this point crystal clear:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV).
Jesus also said, ‘“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, ESV).”’
Jesus is telling all Christians that they are to be living on mission by going and making disciples-followers of Jesus Christ. Someone has said this about living on mission: “Like most things in life, evangelism requires personal effort, endurance through difficulty, and the regular repetition of basic (unglamorous) tasks.”
Indeed, living on mission, evangelizing the nations, can be difficult. But with the help of the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit, may we all be found living on mission.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!