Wrapping up this week’s posts on our daring dreams we’ve come to the point where we have made the commitment to really give ourselves to God’s plan for our life. We may not know where it is leading but we trust God. Finally, we discover that we can make an eternal difference but to do this we must join with others in mission. Mission is different than ministry. Mission comes out of the experience of ministry – applying your gifts, talents, and treasures in consistent, even extravagant ways. Scripture points out how the early church in Corinth did it, “They gave beyond their ability . . . far more than they could afford. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.” 2 Corinthians 8:3, 5 (The Message)
Are you willing to go all the way or merely live a selfish self-centered existence. I know a person who loves the praise of others. He lives for praise and adulation and feigns humility. He thinks he is giving to others but in reality everything he does is to be in the spotlight and have people tell him how good he is. He complains about people who he works and complains about how hard he works all the time so people feel sorry for him. He lives for the praise of people and not for the smile of God. How will you live?
For whatever time we have God offers us the chance to follow his invitation to be on mission. It will take a commitment but the reward is not just temporal – it’s eternal.