By: Kristen L. McNulty
If you've watched any of the mission impossible movies, you're probably familiar with the line "Your mission, should you choose to accept it." Each time this line is used a mission is outlined and then the person in the movie is left with the choice of whether or not they are going to accept it. They can choose to risk and maybe even give their lives in the line of duty or they can choose to walk away, it's that simple.
This isn't a new idea.
As Christians most of us are aware that we've been given a mission. Jesus, in His final address here on earth, instructed us what He wanted of His followers. And that is to go throughout the world, making disciples (Mathew 28:19). But you'll notice that here, unlike in the mission impossible movies, we are not given a choice. It's assumed that as Christians we are going to jump on board with this mission. Unfortunately many Christians think this mission is optional. But really they are confusing free will with God's will
God wants us all to be out there changing the world with Him, for Him and through Him. But just like He doesn't force any one of us to believe in Him, He doesn't force any one of us to partner with Him. And many of us have come to believe that just because He doesn't force us means that we shouldn't do it.
That is why some Christians can say they believe and might even go to church on a regular basis, but when push comes to shove they aren't living the mission that Christ left them with of being a disciple-maker.
The truth of the matter is if we call ourselves Christians then we need to align our lives with this mission and get serious about being disciple makers.
So what does being a disciple maker look like? It looks like a person who not only tells their friends, neighbors and even strangers about Christ, but also trains them up in the faith and enables them with the knowledge and tools they need to go out and become disciple-makers themselves. That's the Christian mission, should you choose to accept it.
So let me ask you, are you going to accept it? The choice is yours. You can let your life pass by, wasting one day after another. Or you could stand up, get to work and watch the world around you change. And as a result you can walk through life in confidence, knowing that when you get to heaven, you aren't going alone. You're going to have a whole posse up there in the Kingdom because of the incredible work you did with God on this earth.
Let me close with some instructions from Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 16, verses 24-25:
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."
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