Message Recap | 10.19.2014
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
I’m the kind of guy that loves quizzes, surveys, and brain teasers. I like when someone challenges my thinking. Like what is your favorite food? The answer to that is pot roast. I love it. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is green. Then there are the harder questions. What would you do if you lived on a deserted island with no one else, in the middle of the ocean, with only 1 coconut to eat? The answer to that is to pray a lot.
Then what if someone asked me, “If you were to describe your life in one work, what would it be?” Well, that would cause me to really think. I wonder, would it be fun? Would it be committed? Would it be friendly? Would it be busy? Would even one person say focused or purposeful? Yet the secret of effectiveness in life is having a focus and having a purpose.
We have been emphasizing the importance of the mission that God has called us to do. We have called this series, Mission Possible, because Jesus has given us all we need to carry out and continue the work and mission He gave us to do.
Today let’s drill down even further by sharing with you how you can begin to define out Your Life Mission! In fact, today I want to help you develop a personal life mission statement. We’re going to give you some tips and then give you some homework.
Why is a life mission so important? Because if we are going to follow Jesus and do what He did, then we need to look at Jesus to see what He did. Jesus was purposeful about His mission. He didn’t just walk around waiting for something to happen or hope that he would stumble upon what He should do. No, Jesus lived His life with purpose.
What is a Life Mission? A life mission is a description of what I believe God wants me to do with my life. That’s what we want you to end up with – a description of what you believe God wants you to do with your life.
A Life Mission is more than a goal. It should define success for you. It is based on God’s purpose for you and it expresses your shape. Your Life Mission even clarifies your role in life. Wow. That’s a lot.
If you want to learn more about Defining Your Life Mission, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/mission-possible for the complete message.
Now let’s go back to the beginning where I said that there would be homework. Well there is. You’ll need to ask yourself some pointed questions. This will help in developing your personal life mission statement. I want you to take the following four questions, get alone with God sometime this week and start on writing out a rough draft of your life mission. You’re not going to do it all in one setting. You will be revising it the rest of your life.
- WHAT WILL BE THE CENTER OF MY LIFE?
- WHAT WILL BE THE CHARACTER OF MY LIFE?
- What will be the contribution of my life?
- WHAT WILL BE THE COMMUNICATION OF MY LIFE?
Friend, God has a mission He has for your life. He has a purpose for which you come to know Jesus. And He has shaped you to serve. Let me close with one final thought: Mother Teresa once said: “I am a little pencil in the hand if a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” Richard Sterns, CEO of World Vision Compassion ministries said: “She had it right. We’re not authors, any of us. We are just “pencils.” Once we understand that, we might actually become useful to God.