Living Mission First for Christ

Living Mission First for Christ

God’s purpose for your life is to know Christ and to make Him known.

“Fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that really gives rest to the restless human heart.”  

Charles Colson 

First Responders are very mission-driven, but do we clearly understand our mission and calling as Christ’s followers?  Is our life even hitting the target?  Jesus gives us a picture of what Mission First for Him looks like. While His invitation to “follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) was specifically given to the disciples, Peter and Andrew, who worked as first-century fishermen, it was also an invitation given to you and me.  Jesus clearly illustrates discipleship and defines our purpose and mission. 

  1. “Follow Me” – Jesus leads, and we follow.  This is such a simple phrase and invitation, but when unpacked through all of scripture (our Christian manual) we realize the importance, weight, and life-changing impact it can have on our lives. Following means we recognize and accept that Jesus is Lord and Master of our lives.  We accept His authority and His truth.  This is a difficult and narrow road, but not one we walk alone.  
  1. “And I Will Make You” – As we surrender and follow, Jesus transforms us. When we submit our lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit will transform our hearts, and we will become a new creation in Christ. We see our identity, mission, purpose, priorities, character, and fruit begin to change.  “If your faith hasn’t changed you, it hasn’t saved you.” 

(See 2 Corinthians 5:17)    

  1. “Fishers of Men” – We have been saved for a purpose.  When we commit to follow, we join Jesus on His mission to love and reach a lost and hurting world. This is a call to action, our commissioning as ambassadors for Christ to intentionally go and make disciples, who make disciples.  “The passion for souls that compelled Christ towards the cross begins to compel us, and we follow in His footsteps even where they lead us away from our own comfort or happiness so that we can devote our lives to winning the souls Christ has taught us to love” – Andrew Murray.

Mission First Disciples for Christ

Putting all three attributes together, we see that a disciple is a person who

  1. is following Christ (head – our decision);
  2. is being changed by Christ (heart – our transformation);
  3. is committed to the mission of Christ (hands – our call to action).1

This is what is means to be Mission First for Christ – Christ, our head, our heart, and our hands.

1 “Discipleshift” by Jim Putman & Bobby Harrington, ©2013 Zondervan