Pursue Mission

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Devotional

Trust the Mission

Ready:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Set:

We long for significance. We long to know if what we do is making a difference and impacting lives. We want to know that our days aren’t wasted and God has given us something to do. We believe He has placed a calling on our lives, but we aren’t sure what that is or how to go about it. How do we know when we are living out the mission? How do we know what God has placed in us to be and do?

Remember what He has already done.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our patterns of thought, speech, and actions, we become empowered to live out the specific gifts and callings He has prepared us for. We believe there is more to our lives, but what?

There are things He has in store for you, but you first need to acknowledge God’s leadership and sovereignty, and trust God’s guidance in your life. Before you can embrace your call, you must initially trust the mission. And trusting the mission begins with trusting a few basic truths from God.

God Entrusts

Yes, God can do everything Himself. He doesn’t need us, but He likes to invite us into the journey. We are co-creators and co-collaborators with Him on earth, and He entrusts us with very special missions that fit who He wants to reach and how He’s going to do it. He gives us a mission, and we obey, sometimes even before we learn the details.

Do you wonder whether God could entrust an important mission to you? Believe that He knows what He’s doing and is right there with you, sharing His plans and letting you in on His personal hope for the world and how He wants you to be a part of it.

God Equips

There’s a saying that God doesn’t call the equipped but equips the called. He looks at the heart and a willingness to follow Him. Then, when He finds those who volunteer to tell His story, He pours His Spirit into them and provides all that’s needed for that mission.

Are you fearful that your skills don’t qualify you? Don’t fret; follow Jesus—your willing heart is what He’s after. Fully embrace what God has called you to do and believe that He will give you everything you need to get the job done.

God Expands

As we are faithful in small beginnings, God grows our mission and expands the work of our hands for His Kingdom purposes. For all the miracles Jesus performed, He left us with the truth that in His name and by His Spirit, we can do even greater things that will impact lives and last for eternity.

Are you hesitant with how much you can do? Just look to what’s in front of you at the moment and believe that as sure as God has entrusted you with the mission and equipped you for it, He can expand your sphere of influence as He sees fit.

We want a legacy that will mark eternity. God gives us what we need to accomplish this, through His presence, strength and direction. He has something extraordinary for you. Will you believe this? Will you live your life like you believe?

Embrace your call. Trust the mission. Watch God work.

Go:

·Do you believe God entrusts, equips and expands your mission and calling to the people around you?

·What does God want to tell you about the mission field He has for you?

·Make a commitment to God to live out your mission and ask Him to show you what that is today.

Overtime:

“God, You have created a great redemption plan, and I get to be a part of sharing it with the world. And You entrust me with my mission, equip me with what I need and expand the work I get to do for Your glory. You are in control and have everything in order, and You long for relationship with me. Help me to trust the mission You have laid before me, and to trust You to help me see it through. Amen.”