Mission Possible

Nobody likes to take unnecessary risks. Unnecessary risks are those where the reward is not worth what is being put in jeopardy. But we have seen that the risk/return ratio on investments that involve bringing God glory and furthering His mission of expanding His Kingdom is incalculable. That kind of risk is definitely worth it!

There are many ways that you can take risks that will not necessarily involve mortal or physical danger, but are still risks indeed. In addition, it may appear much safer to avoid taking these risks. But in reality, when we avoid certain risks, we are in danger of being a slave to seeking the “sure thing” and not being able to experience the exhilaration of being free to risk it all for Him. Jesus is calling you to take risks for Him and for His cause. He has chosen to not tell you everything about the future. Therefore, you must obey without knowing the outcome. That is risk. He has called you to risk the tyme, talents and treasures that He has entrusted to you to further His Kingdom.

Are you willing to risk everything, even your own life, to see that others are able to experience the same kind of freedom from sin that you enjoy? This kind of risk-taking valor should not be uncommon among Christ’s followers. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is credited with describing the U.S. Marine Corps of World War II with the phrase, “Uncommon Valor was a common virtue,” *So too should Christians be characterized in the battle for souls. So the important question is, Could somebody say to Jesus regarding His disciples, “Because of the risks your people take for You, I know that they love You. And if I knew nothing else about you that would be enough?”

Many of us have been given a task that is unfinished by the Lord and we wants us to complete it for Him. The result if we accept these missions is that many will come to understand the truth, many will embrace the truth and many will live by the truth as in Titus 1:1-16 NIV

Titus was given the task by Paul and the Lord to minister to the Cretan people and to make sure that he completed the unfinished tasks and to raised up leaders – elders in each town so that each church would have spiritual leadership which would hold to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Titus was given a couple major responsibilities by the Apostle Paul so that the Crete people could be disciple in accordance with sound doctrine.

In this year my challenge for you today is to have you answer the following question: “What unfinished business is there in your life that the Lord wants you to complete?”

In other words:

• What gift given to you by the Lord still remains dormant in your life?
• What ministry opportunity in your life remains on the back burner?
• What tasks have you not completed that you know you need too?
• What appointments have been unscheduled and ignored?
• What action points in your life still have remained motionless?
• What messages are still unspoken?
• What passion for Jesus is left chained in the corner?

Many of us have had the answers to these questions race through our mind in the last few moments. I honestly believe the Holy Spirit is speaking too many of you about the necessity of finishing the unfinished business in your lives. This blog is delivered to you today just like in the movies Mission Impossible. But your computer, IPad or whatever device you’re using to read this will not-self destruct in 5 second? 4…3…2…1! Still here? Then good!

They heard the mission then they get the choice to accept it or to reject it. You have that choice today. You can accept the responsibility of completing the task or you can reject it and go on with your life as is. It can stay the same – no thrills – no challenges – just the mind-set of getting by – just a ho-hum life – or you can decide to step out complete the unfinished business for the Lord.

Titus was an individual just like each of us here today who when faced with a Mission Impossible for the Lord accepted the challenge and as a result experienced “More of the Lord” in his life. In the beginning of Mission Impossible when the agent accepts the Mission, must of us kids at heart imagine & admire this Ethan Hunt for accepting the mission and all the risks that go along with it. The truth is we envy this him because he is willing to live his life on the edge and seize the adventure. He is willing to take risks so he can be the hero who saves people lives from the enemy.

Truth is each of us here today can do the same for the Lord and the people around you in this very community. You just have to be willing to take the risk-accept the mission-get out of your comfort zone and really serve the Lord through the adventure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The people, who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing and are nothing they may avoid suffering and sorrow but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Charmed by their attitudes they are a slave, they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free!

Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Risk taking should be an indispensable part of the Christian walk. When we look back over church history we see Christians who risked all to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. These individuals had courage to begin something or take a stand for God in the midst of difficult circumstances. For some it meant ridicule, slanderous remarks, becoming laughing stocks in their community, it meant being condemned by their community, it meant imprisonment, it meant personal loss of family, friends, and finances. It meant facing a dangerous situation. For some it cost them their lives. But all these risk takers made an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God.

Many of us here today need to follow the model of Titus and accept the mission God has for us and complete the unfinished task at hand. But it all depends on your willingness to say yes to the mission.

So what is your choice? Yes or No!*

*This statement by Admiral Nimitz was made after the Battle of Iwo Jima and has been inscribed on the USMC War Memorial    
* Excerpts from Unfinished Business by Michael McCartney

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