We Are In The World On Divine Mission
"There was a man sent from God" (John 1:6).
John had his commission from God. He came as God’s messenger on God’s business. But each one of us is likewise "sent from God" into this world. If we are sent from God – then it is on some definite errand. God has a plan, a purpose, for each life. No immortal soul ever came by accident into this world, and none ever came without a mission. We ought to think of this.
Are we living out God’s thought for us – what He had in view when He made us and sent us here? Are we doing in this world what He wants us to do? These are important questions; and we should not stop short of honest answers to them, for we shall have to account to God at the end for the way we have fulfilled our mission.
We find our work and our mission by simple obedience to God and submission to Him. He first prepares us for the place He is preparing for us – and then at the right time leads us into it. We can, indeed, miss our mission in this world – but only by taking our own way, rather than God’s.
The Missionary Spirit
"They departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere" (Luke 9:6).
A great many people do not do this. They come to Christ and hear His command, but they do not go, or at least they do not preach and heal. They do not carry to other homes and to other lives the sweet blessings of mercy and health they have themselves received. Surely this is very ungrateful to Christ, when we remember all that He has done for us. Then it is also very selfish, when we have found such joys, not to share them with others who need them.
Christ wants to get the Gospel into every home in the world; and the way He wants to do this is through the hearts and hands of those whom He has already saved. If we do not carry the good news, the lost will not receive it at all.
It is told of a boy who was converted – that at once he started to walk (for he was poor, and could not buy a ticket on the railroad) away to a place in the West, more than a thousand miles from his home, to tell his brother about Christ.
It would have great power in shaping our lives for usefulness, for us to consider ourselves under a divine commission to advance the kingdom of our Lord by bringing others under its holy sway. So long as we merely regard ourselves as sinners saved by grace, with no further responsibility – we shall be of very little use. But when we become conscious that every one of us is sent to witness for Christ – we shall become blessings.
The Night Comes
"I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (John 9:4).
Even Jesus felt the pressure of time’s brevity and the necessity for doing promptly and quickly the work which had been given Him to do. How much more should we feel this pressure and hasten to improve the moments as they fly. We all have some work given us by God Himself. We are in the world on divine mission – sent from God to take some specific part in blessing the world.
To do this work, we have just a "day" of time. Each one’s day is his lifetime. A day is a brief time: it is not long from the rising to the setting of the sun. It is a fixed time: when the sun comes to its going down, no power in the universe can prolong its stay for one moment. When death comes, it will not wait one instant. Unfinished then, unfinished forever.
Yet the day is long enough for God’s plan. The sun never sets too soon for His purpose. Each little life is long enough for the little part of the world’s work allotted to it. This is true even of the infant that lives but an hour, merely coming into this world, smiling his/her benediction, and flying away. It is true of the child, of the young man or young woman, of him who dies in the maturity of his abilities, with his hands yet full of unfinished tasks. No one can ever offer as an excuse for an unfulfilled life-work, that the time given to him was too short. It is always long enough if only every moment of it be filled with simple faithfulness.
To have our work completed at the end, we must do it while the day lasts. M’Cheyne had on his watch-dial a picture of the setting sun, and over it the words, "The night comes!" Every time he looked at his watch to see the hour he was reminded of the shortness of life, and of the urgent necessity for earnestness in duty. We should all catch the lesson.
– Adapted from writings of J. R. Miller.