personal journey

This was a journal of my progress through the book "The Purpose Driven Life"...after having read the book, I know that I've only begun to learn about God's plan for my life.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Day 36

Chapter Thirty-Six: Made for a Mission

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 ministry is service to believers, and your mission is your service to unbelievers. -Rick Warren

I really appreciate this clarification. It helps me to know the guidelines of my relationships between believers and unbelievers...

Your mission is a continuation of Jesus' mission on earth.

Your mission is a wonderful privilege.

Telling others how they can have eternal life is the greatest thing you can do for them.

Your mission has eternal siginificance.

Your mission gives your life meaning.

God's timetable for history's conclusion is connected to the completion of our commission.

To fulfill your mission will require that you abandon your agenda and accept God's agenda for your life. -Rick Warren

This is one of the hardest commands that God makes, because we are all innately self centered.

Point to Ponder: I was made for a mission.

Verse to Remember: Mathew 28:19-20
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Question to Consider: What fears have kept me from fulfilling the mission God made me to accomplish? What keeps me from telling others the Good News?

I think that the biggest fear is rejection. The friends that I have that aren't Christian, or are "non practicing" Christians may not be open to hearing how Jesus is the way the truth and the light. Then what? They stop being friends? I don't know. I have already experienced how my faith can alienate me from those that I care about. I've thought about why that is. Of course...would this turn over be the path to leading me to Christian friendships that would strengthen my faith?

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