Monday, February 18, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 36 - Made for a Mission

First for those interested Catrina and I had a great weekend away. I'm definitely getting stronger and have less need to be horizontal all the time which is wonderful. I hear that Lee did a great job speaking on Sunday morning and Andrew White was as challenging as ever in the evening - very good to hear.

I have to admit that I found yesterdays chapter on being strong in your weaknesses, and being honest about them, very challenging. I've really struggled to come to terms with the kidney infection I've had since the early January and the fact I haven't been able to get on with so many of the things I've wanted to do. I know that many of you are facing far more serious issues, but for me I do find myself wanting to present this image of being strong and everything being 'fine'. Having to admit being weak has been so tough for me, especially writing this blog entry every day through it all. I know I've preached before on us being honest about where we're at, and not putting on our 'happy' christian masks ,but to have to be on the 'wanting to put on a mask' end of that has been an interesting experience. I just hope our community is a place where we can all learn to be honest, and where the world will flock because people find a place where they are accepted as they are.

On to Mission for our final Purpose Driven week. Hope you have a great week.

Simon.

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You were made for a mission!

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 (Msg)

God is at work in the world, and he wants you to join him. This assignment is called your mission. God wants you to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in the world. Your life mission is both shared and specific.

Jesus clearly understood his life mission on earth. At age twelve he said, “I must be about my Father’s business,” and twenty-one years later, dying on the cross, he said, “It is finished.” Like bookends, these two statements frame a well-lived, purpose-driven life.

If you will commit to fulfilling your mission in life no matter what it costs, you will experience the blessing 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.

If you want to be used by God, you must care about what God cares about; what he cares about most is the redemption of the people he made. He wants his lost children found! Nothing matters more to God; the Cross proves that.

Always be on the lookout to reach “one more for Jesus” so that when you stand before God one day, you can say, “Mission accomplished!”

7 comments:

Sue said...

Hope you feel better soon Simon.

I found the chapter on weakness very hard to take. I can just about deal with God allowing illness to happen but causing it on purpose is a different matter!

I don't know about anyone else but I need to say I'm fine when I'm not to most people.

Sue

Sue said...

I found the chapter on weakness too hard! I can just about deal with God allowing illness to happen but purposely causing someone to be ill is a bit too much! I need to say I'm fine when I'm not most of the time. Hope your infection clears up soon.

Sue

Sue said...

I found the chapter on weakness too hard! I can just about deal with God allowing illness to happen but purposely causing someone to be ill is a bit too much! I need to say I'm fine when I'm not most of the time. Hope your infection clears up soon.

Sue

Sue said...

Sorry first time I've posted here, thought it hadn't worked!

Sue

Simon Benham said...

Hi Sue,

I don't think that God causes the trouble in our lives (the book of Job would suggest that Satan is the cause of much of our trouble) but instead God takes the trouble that comes our way and uses it to achieve his purposes in our lives. In my mind there's a big difference between the two.

Well done for your first post.

Simon.

Nitin said...

I also didnt think that God would cause weakness in our lives, but would use the trouble caused by Satan for the good. However, yesterday, on day 35, it talks how He grabbed Jacob’s thigh and dislocated his hip... what are your thoughts on that? Blessings, Tatiana

Simon Benham said...

Hi Tatiana,

I think the key is to understand that God will put us in situations where hardship shapes us and our moulds us. I remember someone saying recently "God is more concerned about your character than your comfort" and I think that was certainly true in Jacob's situation - he was more interested in dealing with his deception and preparing him for meeting Esau.

Hope that helps,

Simon.