Summary: The Call of God redefines life in relationship to blessing others. He doesn’t remove us from the mundane… but rather infuses the mundane with mission.
Discovering Missional Life
Series: The Call – Part 5
October 7, 2007 – Brad Bailey
(Portions of this message were taken or adapted from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life message
“Made for a Mission.”)
As we begin this morning… let me ask another question to reflect on…
“What got you up this morning?”
I’m not talking about the kids or the coffee… but what if anything gave you a
reason for rising? What gives meaning to our everyday lives?
This morning as we continue our series entitled The Call… the nature of the call of
our Creator … that calls us out of our independence and isolation……
During these weeks we’ve noted the Call of God calls us into an ‘intimate
allegiance’ to the true king of life… calls us into divine community… and now we
come to the very purpose that defines such a community.
The first life which God ever called out was Abraham…. I will make you a
BLESSING to all nations of the earth.
> Core to their identity…
Jesus comes… and begins with a calling out… to ‘follow me and I will make you
‘FISHERS’ of men. Not a tag on… it’s imbedded in the call itself. Don’t miss the
reality here… this is the figure that prophets had spoken of for centuries… being
recognized as a rabbi whose authority was unlike any other … perhaps the
Messiah himself… and he is coming to fishermen… tax collectors… and
REDEFINING their lives…. Not their professions.. they still did some fishing… he
even went out with them… he was redefining their very existence.
The Call of God redefines life in relationship to blessing others. He
doesn’t remove us from the mundane… but rather infuses the
mundane with mission.
In John 17:18, Jesus said this –
"In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a
mission in the world."
> As Rick Warren so aptly put it – “You were made for a mission.”
We discover that more than man’s mission to the moon… more than any quest to
discover new worlds… you and I were made for a mission of eternal meaning.
In John 20:21, Jesus said,
"As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
Now, what are we being sent to do? What is our mission?
Luke 19:9 (NIV)
Jesus said...”the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
> It was mission that defined Christ’s life… drove him… a mission to seek and
save… to rescue and restore… and that is what he imparts to all who follow.
"the most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work the Lord
Jesus gave me to tell people the good news about God’s grace.”
So our lives are meant to be imbedded and infused with a mission…to
share the Good News.
Now, there’s a word for this, and just like all these other words we’ve looked at every
week, it is often misunderstood. It is the word "evangelism.”
Now, one thing Christians and non-Christians have in common is, neither of
them like that word because it makes you think of guys with really big hair who shout
real loud on TV and say [loud, Southern accent] "Send me your money!" But that’s not
what evangelism is at all, or an evangelist. Evangelism is just the Greek word for