In the first 2 sentences of Romans 12, we find ourselves fully connected and fueled up. The next step, logically, is to GO! To do! To put into action! But what is our path, our direction, our mission?
Not to sound like a line from the Blues Brothers movie, but we, each and every day, are truly called to “be on a mission from God.” We are not an accident, we were created on purpose and for a purpose as part of God’s plan. In the same way there is no co-incidence, there are truly only God-incidents, since He is in control of all things and works all things for the good of those who love Him. And, as part of that plan and that work, God has a calling for us each and every day and every moment of that day.
So, what is your mission? With all this mercy and power and connectivity and communion and fuel, what are you, yes, you, called to do today? Here is what we know:
- It will be for something good
- It will be for something pleasing to God
- It will be for something that is part of His perfect will
- It will involve loving the Lord, your God, with all your heart and soul and strength
- It will involve loving your neighbor as yourself
- It will be in absolute conformity with the scripture
- It may be painful and involve hardship
- It may be something you don’t want to do
- It may take you to places and people you don’t want to love
- It will require you to rely on God and not yourself
- It will be done best when done fully with God
- It will be done best with praise and glory to Him
As for the specifics of what that means for you for today, you have to ask God yourself. For most of us who feel lost and off-mission, it isn’t because God won’t tell us, it is because we do not truly invest the quiet time in reading His word, meditating on it, fasting, and praying to ask Him. If you don’t show up prepared for the mission briefing, it is really hard to get the message and understand the mission!
There is one other note that Paul makes in this sentence. It says we won’t only be able to test God’s will (something Paul explains to Timothy in his letter to him about how we can use the scriptures, but he also notes that we approve God’s will. When we pause and think about it, who are we to “approve” God’s will. That is like approving the decisions of your boss’s boss. But, I think, that term is less meant to convey that we sign-off on God’s will as we sign-on with God’s will. God’s Will will be accomplished with or without us. But we are given the grace and opportunity to sign-on with it to be part of the mission. We are not drafted, we are called and we are given the ability to respond. We also are given the opportunity to thoroughly examine each mission and after testing to affix our name, our stamp, our seal to it as well. To test and attest.
renewing of your mind to test and approve what is God’s will; comes from the Lord who is the Spirit; for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose
Reading scriptures, meditation, fasting, prayer, worship, being trained, sharing with others in Godly fellowship.
Through teaching, preaching, prayer and worship
good, pleasing and perfect
J14: If you love me, keep my commandments
2C10: take captive every thought to make us obedient and demolish every pretense that is against
1T4: Be sanctified; avoid lust and temptation
J5:Confess and turn to God in all afflictions, physical and spiritual. The prayer of a righteous is powerful
1P2: by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people
1P3: it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil
1P4: Live for God in all things – do not live like the rest, be alert and of sober mind; PRAY