Living Mission First for Christ

Posted by Jeremy Wade
On February 18, 2024

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

Jeremy Wade
Jeremy Wade is the Executive Director of Mission First Alliance. He served for the Seattle Police Department for 13 years, but struggled with his identity in Christ vs his identity in the badge early in his career. After a few years on the department he fully surrendered his life to the Lord, which started an amazing journey that the Lord has been blessing along the way. While not free from challenges like the Seattle riots, and many critical incidents, Jeremy could see God’s hand in directing his paths. On the Seattle PD, Jeremy was awarded Officer of the Year, and Medal of Valor. He worked in patrol, in the training unit, as a peer support coordinator, and assisted in developing the department’s first wellness unit. He co-founded the SPD Beds for Kids Program with Ryan Gallagher, which continues on today. Jeremy also served as the executive director of the Seattle Police Chaplains Association and came alongside many other local and national first responder ministries. In 2021, Jeremy, his wife Ketryna, and four kids felt God calling them to move to Tennessee and step out in faith to do full-time ministry, supporting first responders nationwide. This led to serving as the Training & Development Coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers- USA until God started directing his path and opening doors to start Mission First Alliance.

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