Our students recently got back from Centrifuge, a summer camp, where we learned about The Mission. The Mission at camp was summed up in Acts 1:8. By the power of the Holy Spirit all believers will go out and be witnesses for Christ both locally and globally. So if we have received our marching orders and have been supplied with what we need to accomplish it, what is slowing the church down?
One text that kept popping into my mind throughout the week was 2 Timothy 2:1-4. 2 Timothy 2:1-2 in the ESV says, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Paul presents a strategy to Timothy to fulfill the mission. Take what you have heard and know to be true and go teach it to others. As they teach others the truth about Christ, which brings salvation, the Gospel will be made known to the ends of the earth. Then in v. 3 he compares the Christ follower to being a good soldier and the sufferings that a soldier endures. He plays off that comparison and then writes verse 4, the verse I couldn’t get out of my head when thinking about what is slowing down the mission of the church. “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
Do we worry more about civilian affairs or the mission God has given us? Most of our concerns are about money, family, where to live, or who our friends are. Jesus’ concerns on earth were to do the will of the Father and accomplish what He was sent to do. Nothing else mattered. His priorities were centered on that mission and everything else was to be given up in order to accomplish that mission. A soldier will make these sacrifices in order to protect the ones they love and to be able to go home to something better once the mission is accomplished. Our mission is a matter of eternal life and death, so we must go out of the motivation that we want the lost and broken to be found and whole and saved by the grace of Jesus. And we know that once our mission is over, even if we sacrifice everything, we will get to go home to the one who enlisted us and enjoy Him in peace forever.
Don’t get entangled in civilian affairs. Don’t get bogged down in disputes that have no impact on the Kingdom of Heaven. We have a mission to accomplish and when we are on mission everything else is secondary.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,