Jesus didn’t come so we could have a Christmas holiday. Jesus came to win a victory for us, and all His energy was aimed like a laser on achieving this “mission.” This acute awareness of His mission influenced how He spent His time—His every action and decision. In the Gospels we repeatedly see the Lord’s life motto: “I must do the will of him who sent me.” Jesus was born to give His life as a ransom for us…the innocent for the guilty, and we are so grateful He stayed the course! Now, as followers of Christ, our lives parallel the life of Jesus. We also are given a mission—God’s will to accomplish. For the believer, life is not just a random stroll until we get old and die. This morning I was reminded of the importance of life as a mission from Psalm 90:12. Moses, the writer of the Psalm, prayed to the Lord, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” So, in this verse we see Moses as a student, asking God to teach him. We don’t naturally see life as a mission. It’s so easy to live for our own pleasures and agenda rather than for God’s will. But, if we humbly seek the Lord as a student who needs help, we discover God is the best counselor and tutor. And notice, Moses doesn’t pray about finding wisdom in the years of his life; he asks for help in the every day. Since “our days our numbered” we do best to “number our days.” Jesus reminds us that we do not have an inexhaustible supply of days on this earth. God’s Word speaks to me to value each day as a special gift; and with this gift I have the opportunity to “gain a heart of wisdom.” I am not born with wisdom, but I can gain it through my relationship with the One “who has become for us wisdom from God” (I Corinthians 1:30)—the Lord Jesus Christ. So, let Christmas remind you of your mission…to bring glory to God by becoming like Jesus! Then, when you reach the last number of your days, you will look forward, with great joy, to meeting the One who saved you and taught you how to live.
Pastor Mark Boucher