Jesus came to earth to “seek and save the lost,” (Luke 19:10) and He told His followers, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21) The mission we have as disciples of Jesus is clear. However, as many have experienced, finding lost people and leading them to Jesus can be a burdensome, even paralyzing task.
As we continue in our disciple making emphasis of “My Mission Field,” let’s remember to look to Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:28-30) What can we learn from Jesus about being an effective everyday missionary? In his book 4 Chair Discipling, Dann Spader points out these foundational priorities of Jesus as He was on mission:
• First, He was dependent on the Holy Spirit.
• Second, He placed a high priority on prayer.
• Third, He prioritized obedience to a kingdom agenda.
• Fourth, the Scriptures were central to all of life and ministry for Jesus.
• Fifth, Jesus was reverently submissive to the Father.
• Finally, Jesus intentionally developed loving, caring relationships.
The key to being effective everyday missionaries is to walk as Jesus walked. John says, “By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:5-6) As we “walk as He walked” and engage our personal mission fields, let’s find peace and rest knowing Jesus has promised to be with us always! (Mt. 28:20) Press on!