As Jesus was leaving this earth, these were His final words:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8
And then He ascended into Heaven.
Jesus gave His disciples a clear directive. They would be His witnesses. They would be on mission with God.
On mission with God.
A phrase I hear a lot these days. Am I on mission with God? This is certainly a question I have asked myself. Perhaps you have as well. And then, often, that question fuels feelings of failure or fear. Comparison.
I’m not doing enough.
I can’t possibly do that.
What I’m doing isn’t good enough.
Look at what that person is doing. It’s better than me.
We are clearly called to be on mission with God. To be His witnesses. And the truth is, that may look different for each and every one of us depending on the season of life that we are in, the giftings that God has given us, and the circumstances in which He has placed us.
Rather than getting caught up in feelings of fear, failure, and comparison, what if, instead, we choose to focus on being obedient and following Jesus right where we are? What would that look like?
For some of you, being on mission with God right now is faithfully raising your children. Pouring into them. Discipling them.
For others, being on mission with God is working through a difficult marriage. Being faithful to your vows, to the covenant that you made before God, even when things seem utterly impossible.
For some, being on mission is faithfully living out the Gospel at work everyday as people see the light of Jesus in you.
For others, being on mission is leaving behind the comforts of the things we find here in America, going to another country and sharing the Gospel with those who may never have even heard the name of Jesus.
And for some, being on mission with God, means doing something that seems so scary that you feel like you are jumping off a cliff with nothing to catch you. Taking a huge step of faith. Responding to something that you sense God is calling you to do.
Remember that God has created you with specific giftings and a unique purpose. Rather than trying to be on mission with God in the way that you think you SHOULD be, draw near to Him and ask Him how it is that He is calling you to be His witness.
And then remember the amazing promise that Jesus gives. “You shall receive power” (Acts 1:8a).
To me, these are some of the most comforting words in Scripture. Why? Because in these words are an amazing promise that you and I are not called to operate in our own strength. And when we do, it usually leads to exhaustion, frustration, resentment, and even depression.
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
As we follow Him, walking out our lives on mission with God, He will empower us. All we have to do, what we get to do, is draw near to Him. He will strengthen us through the power of His Spirit.
As we celebrate Easter tomorrow – the amazing resurrection of Jesus, the truth that He died, rose again, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father – may we remember that the result of it all is the beautiful truth that we get to be in relationship with Him. We get to abide in Him, draw strength from Him, find healing and wholeness in Him, and one day, we will reign with Him forever.
When Jesus left this earth, He didn’t leave us alone. He left us a Helper. Today, on mission with God, we are not alone. He is with us, for us, and empowers us by His Spirit. Praise Jesus!
Anchored in Christ,