A devotional thought from Ken Fentress for “Jesus Reflects”
Jesus was on a mission from God. He testified in John 5:36 that the Father had sent Him to accomplish the mission of salvation. In Luke 19:10, Jesus stated, “For the Son of man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus was the Man with a mission! He refused to be deterred by critics and skeptics. The mission was more important than the opinions of others.
Like Jesus, the Father has given each of us a mission to accomplish for His glory. Skeptics, naysayers, and critics must not deter us. Just because there are people who refuse to believe in Jesus does not mean our mission is worthless or wasted. Jesus did not allow His opponents to sidetrack His determination to fulfill God’s purpose in sending Him into the world.
We can expect that we will always have opposition to God’s mission in this world. We should not be dismayed when people question God’s mission. They did the same things to Jesus while He walked the earth. In John 16:33, Jesus warned that Christians would have trouble, but we shall overcome the world because He overcame it. We should be encouraged in knowing that God’s mission through us will succeed because of Christ.
Our mission is tied to the work that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. He has sent us on mission to proclaim His salvation to every person on earth. In John 17:18, Jesus prayed these words to the Father: “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” We have been sent by Christ to reach the lost with the good news of salvation from God through the blood of Jesus.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you believe God has given you a mission? How are you seeking to accomplish the mission He has given you?
• Are you seeking God’s glory in the mission or your own glory? How can you tell?