The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, May 20th comes to us from Mary E. Webb of New Mexico.
John 5:19-24 NRSV 19 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20 The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21 Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 22 The Father judge’s no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
After I received several requests to participate in ministries and projects that I felt were not in keeping with what God had called me to do, my friend Ann encouraged me to write a mission statement. I thought mission statements were only for corporations, but with Ann’s encouragement I wrote three points that I felt were key to the work God has called me to do. Now when people urge me to get involved with their projects, I am able to use my mission statement to help me decide whether they fit God’s assignment for me. Similarly, Jesus had a mission. Jesus said, “I can do nothing on my own…. I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” Although few people understood Jesus’ mission, he remained focused on the work God gave him. Like Jesus, we are all on assignment. If we don’t know our assignment, we can ask, and God will guide us. When we know our assignment, we can remain focused on our mission.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for entrusting us with assignments while we are here on earth. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
– Mary E. Webb
What is your mission? Christ commissions each of us to make disciple by modeling and leading genuine Christian lives for the transformation of the world. Each of us has a part to play in God’s work of redemption, but we don’t all play the same part. The Holy Spirit has given us individual gifts for serving, lifting and encouraging the community of faith. Do you know what spiritual gift(s) you possess?
Mary Webb was encouraged to right a personal mission statement, Mary’s personal mission statement aided her in selecting opportunities to serve that helped her fulfill her personal mission while assisting her church in accomplishing their mission. The mission of our church is: to welcome and connect all people with God through relevant discipleship and service. Take some time this week to refine or develop a personal mission statement, a statement that articulates the area of ministry that your passion about and brings you joy. You can begin by asking yourself: what portion of the church’s mission statement resonates with my heart?