Which do you value most: your heart, your lungs, or your brain?
Silly question, right? Every organ in our body serves a purpose and although each one is important, these three are paramount, bearing ultimate importance. Removing any one of these three and life would be unsustainable.
I’ve offered the argument that a believer in Jesus must possess three overriding loves if he or she is going to experience the fullness of life and faith. Without a love for God’s Word, a love for God’s people, and a love for God’s mission, the Christian drifts aimlessly, loses purpose, and eventually, faith proves unsustainable.
Having explored the loves of God’s Word and His people, what does it mean to have a love for God’s mission. Or (even more pressing)… What is “God’s mission?”
For starters, if we look at God’s initial work of creation, what was He doing? In the first chapter of Genesis God makes man and woman in His image and says to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28, ESV)
For the sake of time and ink, fast forward to the prophet Habakkuk. When speaking of God’s intent to restore the earth to His desired condition, God declares, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14). Throughout Scripture we see an anticipated day with God’s glory fills the entire earth. Combine this with God’s purpose for His people (Old and New Testament) to cause the nations to know the one true God.
Putting these pieces together, we see that God’s purpose from creation was to share Himself with a people who would display His glory throughout all the earth. God intends to be known so that He might invite all people to enjoy Him forever. Ultimately, this is what we see in Revelations as an innumerable multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue gather around His throne. (Revelation 7:9)
Not only does God initial command take on a new meaning, we see a parallel between His first command to His creation and His last command to His Church. “Fill the earth and subdue it,” is not primarily about perpetuating mankind but it is to be about propagating the glory of God and multiplying His image. And now “Go into all the earth making disciples,” is not about promoting a faith system, but it is about promoting that same glory, restoring His image in fallen humanity.
This is our mission. To glorify God by enjoying Him forever, and to enjoy Him so much that we invite others to find joy in Him as well. We are called to be so amazed by the wisdom, majesty, goodness, mercy, and plans of our God that we desire everyone into our amazement. We should be so horrified by the reality of our sin and elated by the offer of restoration, that we beg people to experience that same transformation. We should be so humbled that we can know a holy and righteous God, that we want to introduce Him to all our friends.
I could go on, but I trust you get the idea. I hope what has been said will spur you along to a greater understanding of God, His gospel, the life He offers, and the mission He invites us to participate in. If there is anything else I do to help you along this journey, please reach out… leave a comment, question, prayer requests, or send an email.