How do we know what God has in mind for us? Because they are written in His Word. That is where our mission comes from: Knowing God and Showing Christ. These two precepts are based on the two greatest commandments in scripture (Mark 12:30-31)
So what does it mean to show Christ? We have the amazing privilege of representing Him, showing the world His love, doing His work, sharing the good news of His grace and forgiveness and salvation here on earth. We are the physical presence of Christ in the world! “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22–23) We, the church, are to be His fullness here on the earth! Man, our lives are profound in Christ!
Serving and loving each other within the church –
In loving service, we 1st fulfill God’s mission for us: You see God designed us with certain gifts and talents and we only show Christ in our lives and churches as we serve with the gifts and talents He has given us. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 So here, God the Spirit is giving gifts to members of the church community. And who does He give these gifts to? Yes, He gives to them each one – yes even YOU!
Sharing our faith with those outside the church – The NT is replete with scriptures that direct us to share our faith: “for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:13–14) “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14) “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 6) “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15) – to name a few.
Sending the gospel to the ends of the earth –
What was the very last command that Jesus gave to His disciples, just before He was taken into heaven? “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” (Acts 1:8–9) I don’t think it was a coincidence that this charge was the last thing that God the Son chose to deposit in the hearts of His followers before His ascension into heaven. He saved it for last because of its preeminence, its primacy, its predominance. We are to live for the glory of God and the souls of men
Serving those in the church is essential because as we all use our gifts and the church is built up, we show Christ all the more – glorifying Him and bearing His fruit. Sharing our faith with those around is also critical because they dangle above hell by a frail thread we call life, and it could be severed at any moment… But it doesn’t stop there. We must send the gospel to the ends of the earth by helping others or going ourselves. Jesus said in Mark 16: “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)