Message Recap | 10.12.2014
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
I have so many great memories growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s. Some might say that I’m old fashioned…well, I am. Things were slower and more peaceful. The old time television was the best, especially on a black and white TV. Now I have to ask you, “Do you remember the theme songs of the 50’s and 60’s that played at the beginning of the shows?” Some were very memorable and if it was possible we’d memorize the words of the theme song. Isn’t it cool that they still resound in our minds? Think of these – The Patty Duke Show, The Munsters, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Then there were the instrumental themes like the, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, Gunsmoke, and Hawaii Five-0 with the classic sound of The Ventures. But the best of my theme song memories came from the truly memorable theme of Mission: Impossible.
Mission:Impossible led by Ethan Hunt and his team. The team is given impossible missions that they must complete, and the action sequences hold us to the edge of our seat. 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. But do we take advantage of the mission God has called us to? The answers more often than not is no.
The Bible is clear that if we have chosen to follow Jesus, we too have been given a mission.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV): Then Jesus came to them and 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.”
If you have been in church for any length of time, then you know that this set of verses is called the Great Commission. It is one of the last set of instructions that Jesus gave to His disciples, His followers before He ascended to be with the Father.
Why is this mission or commission so important? If you want to learn more about the answer to this question and Embracing Our Call to Mission, listen to our podcast that’s coming soon at http://painesvilleag.com/mission-possible for the complete message.
Friend, this week spend time with God in prayer. Ask Him to define His Commission on your life. Read again Matthew 28:19-20 and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a personal discernment of this Scripture. If you will commit to fulfilling your mission in life no matter what it costs, you will experience the blessings of God in ways that few people ever experience. There is almost nothing God won’t do for the man or woman who is committed to serving the kingdom of God.