Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 ESV)
Life can be very busy and chaotic. People generally are stressed out, unhealthy, sleep-deprived, and angry. We are slammed at work only to get home to a growing list of things that need to be done. We are usually trying to juggle everything from school, to work, to family, to friends, to hobbies, and everything in between. It does not matter if you are single, married, divorced, have or do not have kids, the reality is at every stage of life things feel busy and often overwhelming. It seems there is never enough time to get everything done. And, as Christ followers, in the midst of our everyday, hectic lives we are called to live on mission with God. For many, this command just seems like something else to add to the to-do list along with “church” and community group. This is an incorrect view of the Christian’s life as a disciple maker. As a follower of Christ mission is not a part of your life, rather, your life is the mission, the “Everyday Mission”.
We serve a missionary God. God has a mission that He is accomplishing in the universe. He is redeeming all things back to Himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:15-20). God the Father sent Jesus the Son into the world with a mission. Jesus saved us and has now sent us, empowered by the Holy Spirit, into the world with His mission (John 20:19-23). That mission is to make disciples (Matt. 28:16-20).
Growing up in and around the church I thought pastors and missionaries were the professional “varsity” Christians that were supposed to make disciples while the rest of us did our best to cheer them on. Many people I have talked to still believe this. The truth is, as Christians, we are all sent by God to be on His mission. In fact, God has given the leaders of the church to equip the body for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). God has created you with unique gifts and abilities and placed you where you live, work, and play to carry out His mission in your everyday life.
The mission we have been given is a grand mission. It is God’s mission. We get the gracious privilege of being a part of what God is doing in the world. Unfortunately, most Christians live life without participating in the grand mission of God. There are many reasons this is true. A major reason is because a lot of people I talk to really just don’t know how to live their lives as good missionaries. Our hope in this series is that as you abide in Jesus, you would become better equipped and more intentional about living your everyday life as a disciple making disciple.