Message Recap | 10.05.2014
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
Can you guess what this is? It’s the beginning theme song from a TV series that ran from 1966-1973. Do you want more hints? Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, and a host of others starred in it. Yeah you guessed it. Mission: Impossible The show started with a lighted fuse and then the recognizable theme song. We watched as Mr. Phelps received his instructions, if he chose to accept them, on a tape recording just before it self-destructed.
Ethan Hunt and his team from the IMF were given impossible missions that they had to complete. But you don’t have to be a secret agent to have a mission. Just like Ethan Hunt, God has a mission for you should you choose to accept it. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christians have refused to accept it because they are convinced that the mission that God has called them to is not mission possible, but mission impossible.
In John 17:18 (MSG) Jesus said: “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” Jesus gave us a mission in the world and our lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves. We have been set apart to join God in His work of redemption. We’re working on God’s team. Not Mission Impossible, but rather Mission Possible.
As we look at this verse, we can see that something occurs before Jesus sends us out. What occurs is that Jesus says He has given us a mission “in the same way that you (the Father) gave me a mission.” Jesus is the Model for Mission.
If you want to learn more about How To Be a World Changer and be on the Mission Possible team, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/mission-possible for the complete message.
Friend, our mission if we choose to accept it is to accept the Mission that Jesus has given us to do. There is a quote by SAINT TERESA OF AVILA which says: “Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands which He is to bless us now.” This week, spend some time alone with God in prayer and ask Him to reveal His specific mission for your life. I am certain God will reveal it to you as you earnestly seek Him. The Apostle Paul said this, “Give yourselves completely to God-every part of you … to be tools in the hands of God to be used for his good purposes.” (Romans 6:13 LB)