Am I Living Out My Mission as a Christian?
Following the Great Commission to Make Disciples
by J.M. Troppello
Life is crazy. This is especially true after the world has had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, strife, and racial tensions in the last year and a half. As I get older, the brevity of life becomes more real to me. My mindset has shifted to realize that having that perspective—that life is short—should spur me on to complete my mission as a Christian.
What is my mission as a Christian?
To be a godly witness to the world.
Am I succeeding?
Many days I feel like I’m failing miserably. Yet, I’m so thankful for God’s grace, peace, and strength that is new each day. I can start over and try again.
The Great Commission
If you haven’t read the Great Commission that Jesus gave to His disciples, you should read it. If you’ve read it, you should read it again. After hearing a recent sermon at church on this topic, I took the time to reread this passage of scripture and meditate on it.
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:17-20, NKJV)
In Matthew 28, you can read that after Jesus died and rose again, the eleven disciples (not twelve since Judas hung himself on a tree after he betrayed Jesus and felt remorseful – Matthew 27:1-10, NKJV) went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus told them to go. The disciples worshiped Jesus when they saw him, but some doubted. That’s when Jesus gave them the Great Commission to go out to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all the nations.
As I read the Great Commission again, I wondered what the disciples were thinking. I know what I was thinking.
I can’t do this.
I’m not good at witnessing.
How am I supposed to make a difference in this world for God’s Kingdom?
The Christian’s Mission
Yes, as a human on this earth, you have your life to live. Me too. Yet, as a Christian, this world is not really my home. It’s not your true home either. One day you and I will be in Heaven.
A Christian’s mission in life is to serve the Lord, live for Him, follow His guidance, and reach the world for Christ.
That sounds so simple. Yet as a Christian for 33 years, it’s definitely not always been easy for me. I have not been the best witness for Christ in every circumstance. I haven’t actively shared the salvation message as often as I should have—as I’ve been led to do by the Holy Spirit.
I love the following passage from Matthew chapter six where Jesus shared the profound truth that all that I need will be provided when I seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34, NKJV)
When I focus on Heaven, earthly concerns fade into the background. Yes, those concerns are real and difficult, but I know that God is working in my life through the trials I encounter.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18, NKJV)
My Faith Journey
I got saved at the age of 14. As a teenager, I didn’t eagerly share my faith due to fear of ridicule from my peers. I did bring my Bible to school and read it while I ate lunch in the cafeteria. I encountered a few people who made fun of me, but it wasn’t as dramatic as I’d feared it would be.
I shared my faith with my friend in several different conversations on the way home from school on the bus. Memories of those conversations stuck with me through the years. They gave me courage to try to share my faith at other times.
However, there were many more times when I didn’t listen to God’s leading to share my faith. I take solace in the fact that as an introverted person, I have been able to share my faith and inspire others through my writing on multiple platforms. I believe that God can still use those words online as well.
However, as I’ve grown in the Lord, the Holy Spirit has been helping me to become more confident to share with others about the Gospel message. I’m still a work in progress.
Taking a Sharing My Faith class in church was helpful to give me more knowledge on the right verses to share when sharing the Gospel message. Participating in the Chosen 300 ministry through our church to provide meals to the homeless has also given me a chance to break out of my comfort zone and share my faith.
Have you ever witnessed to someone and shared your faith?
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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