“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
This Christmas season at First Baptist Owasso we’ve been in a series called, ‘ON MISSION’ – we’ve been hearing stories of faith and words of hope about a mission that’s worth living right now. Being ‘On Mission’ isn’t simply about whether or not we support through prayer and finances the work of missionaries around the world. It’s really a question about whether or not we’re living out our God-given mission right here, right now.
Are you – on mission?
I read Colossians 3:12-17 this morning and wanted to share them with you. They are a perfect expression from God’s Word of what it looks like to be on mission. As I read these verses here are the things I notice:
- God picked you – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved…” – Maybe you’re like me. I’ve never been terribly athletic, so as a kid I was often picked last to be on the dodge ball team. But for this mission, that’s not true. God picked you because He loves you. He picked you and He has made you HOLY – it’s a little word with a big meaning. You’ve been set apart because you are useful to God.
- Suit Up – Football players wear pads and helmet, for baseball it’s a glove and a bat. In every sport you’ve got have the right gear to win the game. You’ve got to suit up so the world will know which team you’re on. Colossians 3:12-15 outline the uniform we wear and the gear we need to fulfill this mission: Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, patience, endurance, forgiveness, peace and thanksgiving – all these are held together through the bond of love. They are the suit we wear that identifies the team we’re on. Think of it as the evidence of worship all over you.
- Playbook – You can’t run the right plays the right way if you don’t know the playbook. Colossians 3:16 identifies our playbook. It is the Word of God. Don’t just read it, memorize it. Don’t stop at memorizing it, internalize it. Get to know it so well that it doesn’t come to you as second nature – it comes as your first nature. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you so richly that it becomes your knee jerk reaction. And don’t stop there. Teach others the value of living life God’s way.
- On Mission – Colossians 3:17 – everything you do can be an expression of the mission God has given you. Your job may provide a paycheck, but your God provides your mission. Let that mission define the kind of employee or employer you are. Let that mission affect the way you raise your kids, treat your spouse and choose your hobbies. Everyone’s living for something, as a Believer in Jesus Christ let’s spend our lives living for God.
Love y’all, God Bless,