Learn. A key to discovering your mission always has learning as a key component. You don’t have to go to seminary to learn. I want to suggest a few really good books about Jesus and his church that might be great learning tools as you grow in your personal life mission. Remember – you are getting ready, it doesn’t happen over night unless an angel shows up or a donkey starts talking to you. Then you might want to just get going.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Cost of Discipleship by D. Bonhoeffer
The Jesus I Never Knew by P. Yancey
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
Jesus by W. Wangerin
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
Joshua by Joseph F. Girzone
The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg
The truth is, one thing leads to another. I could give you many more titles to read. You can’t stop learning once you begin learning about Jesus. Go take a class, sit in on a local college lecture, join a bible study, talk to a caring learned pastor, read on-line articles but don’t stop learning. It seems to me that the first two steps toward discovering your personal mission are very similar in some ways. It takes some time but the investment is worth it because you begin to discover more and more about your own humanity. Jesus was the perfect human – fully human. As a Christ follower that is what draws us to Jesus. It is not so much the amazing miracles but his humanity – how he loved others.
It was his small group of friends that changed the world as they each discovered their own personal mission and took it to the ends of the earth. I think in some ways that is still the way we dig deeper into discovering our mission. We connect with a small group of seekers of “The Way,” and keep walking, learning, and then doing things that Jesus did. That is what I will touch on in the next segment.
I know the tendency is to want to know what your mission is today. We rush it and say, I don’t have that much time left, and then off we go doing whatever we do. You will always be doing and that is good but while you are doing take steps to grow the person you are becoming.