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Pastor Nathan Leigh   /   Feb 22, 2015

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Passion is what burns inside you. God wants to create a passion in us that overwhelms every other drive we have in our being. 

Purpose is not something to “do”, but it is someone to “be!” God desires to make us someone with specific purpose that is unique from everyone else. As children of God we are all saved by grace alone, thru faith alone in Christ alone, that is something we have in common. But each one of us has a purpose custom-made to us individually to become what each can become. The two most important days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why (Mark Twain). You will never know why you were born unless you were born again, when you meet the God who made you in the first place. 

Mission is any important task or duty that is assigned, allotted, or self-imposed. It is a purpose, a calling or a vocation accompanied by strong conviction. Consider our Lord Jesus, He knew when His mission in His physical life was finished (John 19:28). The fire that burned to please the Father allowed Him to pay the ultimate price. Jesus exemplified how passion + purpose will lead us to our mission.

Passion + Purpose = Mission

PASSION begins where God begins �" in the heart, the seat of who we are. God placed in our heart the reality of eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Regardless of your belief system, in the depths of who you are, you know you are made by Someone for eternity, because God put that in your heart. Our heart is what God measures us by. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:17). It doesn’t matter what you have accomplished in this world, how famous, good-looking or rich you are. What has our heart, has us (Luke 12:34). Passion begins with the heart, and what matters to our heart is what will possess us. When our passion for God controls our heart, it produces the path to our PURPOSE

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is essential. When you are yielded to the Spirit of God, you allow God to control you and to create the passion that burns for God for the purpose of pleasing the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:5�"9). Jesus clearly spelled out the purpose of the body of Christ to make disciples of all nations. Every follower of Christ is responsible to reach out to all nations in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reiterated as His last instruction to all His disciples before He ascended to heaven to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). We start at home, but it shouldn’t stop there. We should share what we know and experience with our Lord Jesus to everyone we come in contact with. When our Passion and Purpose become a reality then we will sense our MISSION.

Like Paul, sharing the gospel is not something that you boast about but a sacred trust that you are compelled by God to do (1 Corinthians 9:16�"17). Some people misread 2 Timothy 2:2 and take it as their excuse from making disciples as they claim they don’t have the gift of teaching. The focus of this passage is in being faithful which will compel them to be willing to tell others what they have learned from Jesus. 

Truths about Mission 

1. You don’t have to have all the answers! You just have to keep following. The apostle Paul desires to share the gospel in Asia, but the Holy Spirit prevented them. So they headed to Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus prevented them from going there, until Paul had a vision to go to Macedonia and so they decided to leave for Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10). Paul didn’t know why the Holy Spirit prevented him from going to these places, but he just kept following. Our goal is not to figure it out, our goal is just to follow. If your heart is willing, God will get you where He wants you to be. 

2. You can experience real peace. When you are committed to the mission that God has put in your heart, you can experience real peace that you never had before, because God is with you always (Matthew 28:20). After the disciple James was arrested and killed for the gospel, Peter was also arrested, but the night before his trial, he was sound asleep in chains. Like Peter, we can also be rested despite  our circumstances because we know that our God is in control. 

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