distractions2Found this powerfully convicting and very true quote from a book called Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God. “Why don’t we embrace God’s mission? Because, frankly, we have our own mission. We have our own way of calling the shots. We decide what’s meaningful or worthwhile and order our lives accordingly.”

And this is exactly our problem in the church. If anyone knows anything about me, they know I constantly use the words distractions, intentionality, mission and vision. Jesus operated with a mission. He made it extremely clear in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” He did not allow himself to get distracted or to be drawn away to focus time or attention to anything else. He was intentional in everything He did because He knew the time was short. He had to teach and to train. He had to reveal His Father. He had to set the foundation for a continual ministry. He has to usher in the Kingdom through the cross.

He was constantly reminding His disciples to be weary of distractions. Mark 13:33-37 states,”Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’

But how well do we do at watching and being alert? We are much better at getting distracted. We build our lives around our mission and not His. We order our daily lives around what seems worthwhile or of interest to us. We often act as if there is no God given mission to accomplish at all. I often ask myself if Jesus came back right now, what would He see His church busy doing? I’m afraid it would look something like this. Watching TV, playing video games, hanging with the friends, screaming at a ballgame, eating ourselves silly, spending ourselves broke, working ourselves crazy or just plain sleeping in the recliner.

Over the past week, I have been asking groups how many of them witness. My percentage came out to about 20% of the people I asked said that they had witnessed to or led someone to Christ. It was the same for adults as it was for youth. Yet in our churches, we talk about how witnessing and sharing the Gospel is one of the main goals of a believer. So what is the disconnect that is happening? If it is knowledge based fear then that can be helped. If it is a fear of rejection then that can be discussed and put in the right perspective. But if it is just plain apathy then that is a much bigger problem to tackle for it stems from a person’s overall worldview. A new call to missions must take place and that means every priority in life needs to be reexamined and put in the right order of importance.

In order to complete the task for which we have been called, we need a renewed vision and stirred passion for the ministry. But nothing will change unless each believer intentionally seeks to make a plan each week to witness. A weekly goal needs to be set. Start with making a goal of witnessing to at least 3 people a week and then increase that goal. The more you engage in the work, the easier the process will become because confidence will be built. Look for evidences of the Spirit already being at work. Pray that God will put opportunities in your path and then obey immediately. But nothing will change unless you and I replace our mission for life with His.

If your life mission is entertainment, comfort, possessions, fame, athleticism, money, security or the like, then ask yourself if you feel satisfied with those things. A believer will never be satisfied with less than what God desires. Live a life on mission!

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