The company you work at has one, the school you attend has one, the church you attend has one, the hospital where you are admitted has one, and the store you shop at has one. What I am referring to is a mission statement. A mission statement clearly communicates the mission of that organization. For example, Pal’s mission statement is “delight customers in a way that creates loyalty.” A simple and clear statement of their mission.
Recently, several men in our church went through the Bible study “Stepping Up” by Dennis Rainey, president and CEO of FamilyLife. In chapter 8 of this series, Dennis challenged us to write our own personal mission statement. I had never thought about having my own personal mission statement. I knew the importance of leading a church to have a clear mission statement, but was intrigued with applying the same concept to myself. Like everyone, I have been living these 50 years driven by what I believe my mission was, but had never really formulated it into a mission statement that clearly states my mission.
So, I began the process of writing out my mission statement. As I prayed about this, the Holy Spirit gave me clarity and direction to write the following: My mission is to bring glory to Jesus in how I love, live, and lead.
“Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7
Your Mission Statement may sound completely different than mine, but if you are a follower of Jesus, at the heart of your mission is to bring glory to Jesus. For me, that means I should bring glory to Jesus in how I love my wife, my sons and daughter-in-law, my parents, my brother (family) and sister, my friends, my church family, my community, and those who are lost without Jesus.
It means that I should bring glory to Jesus in how I live. Others should see Jesus in my daily life. In every area of my life, I should bring glory to Jesus. 24/7 my mission is that Jesus will be glorified in my life. That would include things like how I drive :), my time management, my financial decisions, my leisure time, my thoughts, my words, etc., all my life should bring glory to Jesus.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31
It means that I should bring glory to Jesus in how I lead, how I lead my family, and how I lead the church He has called me to serve.
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;” I Peter 5:2-3
Pray for me that every day I can achieve my mission of “bringing glory to Jesus in how I love, live, and lead”. I will pray for you that you will discover the mission God has for you!
Life is a journey, learn on the way!
‘Till next time, stay in the Scripture!