RobWhere do you find your mission?  Is it in the people closest to you?  Does your immediate family know the truth of Jesus love?  Has a spouse, a child, a sibling, or a parent been your mission for years?  Don’t quit and don’t allow them to ever get away from you without showing them the goodness of God revealed to us in His Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in you!

Maybe your mission field is at your work.  Do you enter your work place with an attitude that you’re grateful to have the job you have and everyone can see that?  Are you working for your employer as though you are working for God?  Do you show those around you that everything you have is not your own but a blessing from God?  Are you generous with your speech and time toward your coworkers?  Do they know that God has given us the responsibility to manage everything He has created for us here?

For some of you, the mission is a place where you are not exactly comfortable?  Maybe it’s a real stretch for you because it’s serving some folks of whom you may have had certain opinions that needed to change.  I share these with you because I believe when Jesus told His disciples to go, He used places that brought to mind different ideas of the areas where they would be going.  Jerusalem was a place that was familiar even though they would face opposition, just like immediate family or those we know well.  Judea was further away from where they may have more support, but still in a country that would, for the most part, hold to their same beliefs.  But Samaria was a place that they would want to avoid, a place of discomfort and tension.  Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along and Jesus made a point to include a place that they might want to avoid.  But in Samaria we find one of Jesus' first evangelists in an unlikely person - a woman of the lowest social standing to Jews and to her own people.  Jesus tells her that she has access to Him regardless of her past or present circumstances, or her social status.  The woman Jesus met at the well in Samaria received what Jesus offered, living water, and then she bore witness or testified to what she had experienced in Him.  For her, it was possibly the first time she had ever felt respect, love and acceptance.

Do you realize that you and I have a mission?  I believe our mission field is wherever we are.  Each day we have opportunities to love God and those around us, or we can choose not to.  So we are thankful for the mission work done in Xoy and San Diego Buena Vista, Mexico and for potential future sites, and for our friends there in the faith.  And we are thankful for the opportunity to go to a place yet to be seen in Chicago, and to see how God will show Himself there.  We look forward to the opportunity to invite children into our family during the upcoming “Take the Plunge” VBS.  And beyond that only God knows where you and I will go, but I hope and pray that we will all know and never forget that we don’t go alone.  He goes with us, before us and behind us!  You see God has given us this one thing we need more than anything else which is all of Himself.  What does that do to your outlook on everything in your life?  What you think of God will determine what you value as mission in life.  Our mission each day is to bear witness to what we have experienced in the truth of Jesus Christ.  Just like the woman at the well, we have experienced life change not based on anything we’ve done or not done but by the sheer abundant, unending, undeserved Grace of God given to us in His Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!  People like you and me have experienced life change, transformation, redemption, and love that surpasses anything we could hope for.  I hope and pray people see, hear, and know Whose we are!  God is good, all the time!

“But the time is coming - indeed it’s here now - when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.  For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”  The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming - the one who is called Christ.  When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”  John 4:24-26 (Read the whole story in John 4)

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  Romans 12: 1-2

In Christ’ Love,

Rob,  Romans 12