Mission Controlled

The other day I was sitting on the couch worshiping the Lord. I was thinking about the Lord’s wonderful salvation in my life and the multitude of blessings He gives me each day. My praise rose to the Lord with deep gratitude. Then, all of a sudden, my mind turned to the people all around me. How many of them never once share the joy of walking with Jesus? How many of them struggle with life’s issues without the power of prayer? How many of them have no hope as they face the future…and a Christless eternity? This week at Highway, we begin what we call our “Missions Convention.” During these next couple of weeks, we will hear from those called to minister in places far away and close to home. However, the whole idea of a missions convention is a waste of time if we just think of missions as done in special places by a few special people. The Bible reveals that we are in the days of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all who believe (see Acts 2:17 and Joel 2:28). As followers of Jesus, we are called to be people of the Spirit who look at each day as a mission. How would our lives be different if we looked at our time on earth as an opportunity to do the will of God each hour of each day? What if we got up in the morning and prayed, “Lord, lead me to someone today with whom I can share the hope of Jesus”? What if our lives were “mission controlled” instead of being controlled by our agendas? The commission of Jesus was given to all God’s people when he said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20). May we enjoy the presence and great salvation of our Lord, and, at the same time, pray compassionately for our relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to find life in Christ. My prayer is that every one of us would take the mission of Jesus to heart as our personal mission…not as something “out there” but as something “right here”—in my life and yours. Lord, may Your mission control me!

Pastor Mark Boucher