“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
So here we are, on this magnificent journey to learn what it looks like in our lives to live on mission for Christ! And not just any mission, but the GREAT COMMISSION!!! In these lessons it will be an adventure in each day, like any adventure, there will be challenges, conviction leading to questioning self, your heart and also there will be a rising up to a new life, lived in a new way all to share with people the greatest person to ever walk the earth, Jesus Christ!! So buckle up your seat belts and put on one of those cool hats on like Indiana Jones wears, and let’s take off on this journey together!!
We see that Jesus left this Great Commission for us as our purpose for our lives. To spread the Gospel to others and make disciples!!! That can sound like an overwhelming and daunting task because it is so BIG but instead of just leaving you with this mission that Christ has given us, we are going to keep digging into what “living on mission for Christ looks like in our lives?”
So today we dig into the question, ““And Jesus came and said to them, “where does living on mission for Christ start?” Like anything else in life, it’s hard to be told to do something without instructions or having been taught on what steps to take first. So here we will look at where this living on mission for Christ in our lives starts.
It’s starts with RELATIONSHIPS!!! It starts with the relationships of those around us but even before we get into that, there is an even bigger and more important relationship that we start in. It’s our personal relationship with Jesus. There is no relationship more important than this one. And we see in these verses from Matthew where Jesus gives us the Great Commission that He has not only given us the mission and purpose of our lives but He has shed light on how we have been equipped to live our lives on mission.
We see that Jesus says to start off, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Okay, well that’s cool but how does that equip me and you? Look down to verse 20, where Jesus also says, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
Do you see the MAGNITUDE of that truth!!! We see all that Jesus has access to, literally EVERYTHING, we see His unlimited power and how in control He is of it all but that’s not it. What makes this truth even more awesome for me and you is that Jesus is with us always!!! This same, powerful, in control Jesus is living this life with us, through us and for us!!!
Building golden Relationships, living on this great mission for Christ by making disciples and loving others, just having the ability to love, serve, and impact others lives, all these things can be things we hold so much doubt over, we have a fear of failure with it, worry, anxiety or whatever it may be for you. We see in these verses this Great Commission that is so HUGE it can be so overwhelming for us, but we also see that all this baggage of defeat that hinders us in living this out, we don’t have to carry because we have Jesus, who is all powerful and in control of everything, we have Him WITH US!!! God didn’t give us this GREAT commission to do in what we got, because that’s what makes it seem impossible! God has equipped us with a relationship with Jesus, where we are completely ONE and have access to Him, His power, and everything about Him all the time!! With Jesus, the tables turn from what seemed overwhelming and impossible and is transformed to so awesome and more than possible!!!
So this is where living on mission for Christ and building golden relationships start, with Jesus. This is where we start with everything in our lives, daily and constantly throughout our day acknowledging this relationship we have with Christ! Submitting our selves and our lack to Him, in surrender to Jesus, He changes everything! Trusting and faithfully walking in who He is and our identities in Him!!!
To live on mission for Christ is all about relationships where our relationship with Christ being the starting place where we lean our lives, where we place our dependence, and prioritize Him over everything! A life submitted to Jesus, with Him at the lead, how we handle the relationships around us pours out from our relationship with Him.
So much could be talked about on all that Jesus brings to our lives but for today I just challenge you to take hold of this truth, spend intentional time with Jesus, even when things are tough and you really don’t feel like loving or serving the people around you, keep running to Jesus time and time again!!! Ask Him for strength, guidance or whatever you need and know that He is with you, and He has got you!
Over the next few days there’s so many principles and lessons that will be looked at but all of that is nothing without Jesus. To find out what it looks like for you to live on mission for Christ and build golden Relationships, it all starts with your relationship to Jesus. It’s there where you’ll be fueled in this mission to love others and make disciples. And the biggest reason I share this with you is because without Jesus we will always struggle. Our humanity and sinful nature song with all the worldly influences we face every day builds up walls of self-righteousness, selfishness, self-focused, selfish living, walls of doubt, defeat and fear.
The only thing that I’ve found to break down those walls and free us up to serve God by serving others is JESUS!!! Jesus being at the lead of our lives removes all of those walls I just mentioned and when we spend intentional time with Him, through prayer and in His Word, that’s where everything changes! He opens us up to see the truth that unclutters all of our selfish, sinful and all the worldly influences we face. Aligning yourself with Jesus is being aligns your heart with His, your mind with the way He thinks, your eyes to see people in the love that He sees them in! Jesus opens us up to loving others that we would otherwise hate or treat badly if it was left up to us. We start with Jesus because there is no other or better place to start!!!
Without Jesus we can do nothing, with Him we can do anything! If you don’t get anything from any of these upcoming God Golds don’t miss this!!!! Jesus is the beginning of this journey of making a lasting impact in the lives around us! Anything we want to achieve is only achieved by Jesus living through us! He is our fuel, He moves our perspective from sinful human to seeing life and others in His good, Godly and perfect sight! As we align ourselves with Jesus, we move, live and love like Him! He is where we start, He is where we finish, He is the source for our every need and the most important part of our lives! And most importantly, Jesus is WITH US!!!