1/12/16: The Mission Statement
Both in business and in personal life, it is all the rage to formulate a mission statement. A mission statement provides clarity and focus to your life and business. It is a declaration of the needs that must be addressed, how the person or organization will address those needs, and what principles guide the work. It is an unambiguous announcement of purpose.
Jesus proclaimed His mission statement to us in two distinct verses in Luke and Matthew. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (NKJ). Matthew 9:12-13 says, “…Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick… For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (NKJ).
What were the needs to be addressed? People were sick and needed a physician; lost and needed to be found.
How would Jesus address those needs? He would seek and save the lost.
What principle guided the work? Sinners (the lost and the sick) were in need so He pointed them to the antidote of their lost-ness and illness – repentance.
Jesus knew and verbalized His mission. The success of His mission is the beginning of ours, but before we can launch fully into the mission God has for us, we must humble ourselves before Him. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, “Christ came not with an expectation of succeeding among the righteous, those who conceit themselves so, and therefore will sooner be sick of their Saviour, than sick of their sins, but among the convinced humble sinners; to them Christ will come, for to them he will be welcome.”
Are we sick enough of our sins to make an appointment with the Great Physician, show up at the “office” found by worshipping at His feet, accept the diagnosis of our own sin-sickness, and take the prescription of repentance for our soul’s healing? If so, we can be assured that we are the ones for whom Christ came. His mission will be accomplished in us and can then be continued through us.
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