From Mission to Vision

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I have a small confession to make. My cell phone is a habitual daily carry item for me, and I feel lost without it. To be clear, I could do without Facebook, email, and most other applications. However, I’m heavily reliant upon GPS navigation. It’s more of a comfort than a need; I like seeing the road ahead and having exact directions. Lately I have felt too dependent on this thing which admittedly has let me down. On numerous occasions in rural Pennsylvania I have found that the best views and most novel locations seldom offer wireless coverage.

 Reconsider the things and habits that we have relied upon for comfort.

Reconsider the things and habits that we have relied upon for comfort.

I think this is a good thing. I think we should reconsider the things and habits that we have relied upon for comfort. We so often take things for granted, that they are going to be with us on this journey. Yet too often we refuse the journey because we think that the path before us is less traveled. We miss the point and opportunity. The path before us is a fine choice: that path is there precisely because it has already been explored, trod down, and laid out before us. Jesus Christ did this by his calling upon the disciples, teaching the disciples, laying down his life for all, and continuing to walk with us every day.

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today, yet again, our way will be followed before God’s.

All too often we come up excuses as to why today, yet again, our way will be followed before God’s. Then, all too often, we wonder where God is in this beautiful mess of ours after blazing our own trail and sidestepping God’s mission. For many of us, this comes out of us as a confession when we claim “I don’t know what God’s will is for my life!” Yet in actuality, we have too quickly forgotten how we have followed the patterns of this life and refused to renew our minds back toward God.

This renewal looks like a reaffirmation of faith in which we accept the mission, envision a way forward, and do what we are uniquely qualified to do. Doing what we are called to do means doing what you and you alone can do best. Doing anything else means first refusing to see how far you can go with your unique gifts, secondly it means denying others of a vital service which you are called to provide, and third it would mean that someone else must struggle to fill your shoes.

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You are being sent, to proclaim aloud, to believe boldly, to share your unique testimony.

When this occurs, which it all too often does, at best we end up with prayers of expectation that ask for a great deal from God with zero expectations for God’s people. At worst, we end up without prayer. For many, they do not cry out to God nor believe in God because they have not seen God’s people doing so. In short, when we refuse to step out daily in faith, then those days compound, weakening our once strong faith. While those who had underdeveloped faith have left the church in great numbers over the past few decades. We must move out from our comfortable mission plant and seek to see the name of Jesus proclaimed. You are being sent, to proclaim aloud, to believe boldly, to share your unique testimony. Here and now, let’s renew our minds. Let’s reset our vision upon God so that Christ may be here and everywhere adored.

Ross Judy