If one’s mission is too small, too vague, too parochial, there is the supreme danger of ending up being driven by someone else’s mission.
Organizations, marriages, families, churches, and governments are no stronger than their shared sense of mission. The mission of your church or ministry is not carried out until that mission is written in the minds of the people you lead.
When we use the word mission, we are talking about a foundational intention that gives meaning and direction to life. A mission well articulated will provide guidance to all who adhere to the organization.
Jesus Christ had a mission that he never once walked away from. Even when his closest friends and critics tried to dissuade him, his mission guided his decisions and values.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Jesus’ mission? He came to seek and save the lost. Therefore, it is easy to understand why Jesus stopped by the roadside and responded to a blind man’s plea, why he spoke to a despised tax collector who climbed a tree, and why he allowed a prostitute to anoint him with expensive perfume.
In a world where souls drift easily in the myriad of choices and distractions, we ministers would do well to develop a simple covenant between ourselves and the Father—a covenant describing what his mission for our lives is—and never walk away from it.