In my last post I talked about how God gave Isaiah a very specific MISSION. You can read about this in Isaiah 6. This MISSION was very hard. Why would Isaiah accept this MISSION and follow God in obedience. He saw God as MAJESTIC. He experienced Him as MESSIAH. He declared Him to be MASTER. He chose to live on MISSION for God!
God has called us to live on MISSION for Him as well. What does that MISSION look like?
Read Mark 12:28-31.
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
This is referred to as the Great Commandment. God wants us to love Him and others.
Read Matthew 28:18-20.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is referred to as the Great Commission. God wants us to make disciples.
In Mark 2 you see 4 men fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Read Mark 2:1-12. This tells the story of these 4 men.
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
We all know people who need to get to Jesus. If we are followers of Jesus, this is our MISSION.
Listen to the following sermon and ask God: “God, who in my life do I need to help carry to Jesus?”
May we live on MISSION for Jesus, who is our MASTER, because He is MAJESTIC and because He is MESSIAH!