We experience the advantage of adventure when we realize we are part of an unchanging mission.
God is on a mission and He invites us to join Him in His pursuit of the people He loves so dearly. What is the mission? The single best answer to that question is found in Matthew chapter 28:
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Pioneer missionary David Livingstone said regarding that last sentence, “On the following words I staked everything, and they never failed, ‘Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’”
On what words have we staked everything?
Many externals may change, but our adventurous mission is unchanged and unchanging. Let me illustrate…
Like these basketball players from the fictional small town of Hickory, Indiana, we can be overwhelmed by the size and scope of our task. But we needn’t be. We must merely execute.
As they measured the distance from the hoop to the floor and to the free throw line, so we can take some measurements…
- How wide is our mission? It’s still as near as your arms can hug and as far as travel and technology can take us.
- How deep is our mission? It’s still as deep as the hurt within an empty human heart, as deep as the pain a soul feels without God and without hope.
- How long is our mission? It still finds its fulfillment in the brief exchange we have with a neighbor and in the grand plans of an evangelistic effort or missions endeavor.
These things remain unchanged. Through this mission we are tied to the ages. People need hope, people need salvation, people need Jesus. And amazingly enough, God still chooses us to be the messengers the carriers of His hope and salvation.
God sends us on a mission and instills in us a sense of mission as well. We are compelled by love, fueled by grace, driven by purpose.
Compelled by love because it is the love of God in our hearts that gives us the strong desire to share Him with others. Fueled by grace because we know that without Him we can do nothing. And driven by purpose because this mission is the engine that powers the adventurous Christian life. It drives us.
What drives you? That’s a good question for each of us to ponder. What drives me, what motivates me? What, as evidenced by my words and actions is my highest priority? Comfort, tradition, money, power, status, things, looks, attention, food, control? These are questions worth prayerful consideration.
Because an unchanging, adventurous mission awaits us.