In Matthew 28:19 we read, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” The most famous statement in Christendom about the purpose of mankind is the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1646-47): Question – “What is the chief end of man?” Answer – “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." That question and answer speaks of man's eternal purpose.
We also have a temporary mission to accomplish before we can enjoy that ultimate purpose. There is great hope in the idea of enjoying God forever. It allows us to endure trials knowing our ultimate purpose and destination.
Our temporary mission is equally hopeful, since it helps bring about our ultimate purpose. The Church's temporary mission is to "make disciples of all the nations" taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth in order to welcome more and more into the kingdom of God. That mission, as the New Testament illustrates, can be filled with hardship. But it is also filled with hope as we fulfill our calling. So keeping the long view in mind is critical to hopeful living. It reminds us that our hope will one day be fulfilled. Our mission is to spread that hope to others.
Remember this, “Every life without Christ is a mission field; every life with Christ is a missionary.” Keep these thoughts in mind:
1. To have an unforgiving spirit and harbor bitterness only hurts one‘s self. Hatred is a poison that destroys the vessel in which it’s kept.
2. Tomorrow is the:
Chain that binds men to loathsome habit.
Barred and bolted door that shuts man out from the house of his dreams.
Epitaph upon the graves of those who failed and came short of life's true goal.
Downward path that leads men into the land of regret.
Siren's song that seduces men from the path of duty.
Slumber that paralyzes the energies of man.
Snare that traps men's feet.
Sword of self-destruction upon which men fall.
Sword cut over the realms of the lost.
Word which, in that kingdom of the lost, blends with that other word "never, never more."
Word of the tempter and deceiver of mankind.
3. But on the other hand; today is the Holy Spirit’s word.
4. The Devil did not tempt Adam and Eve to steal, to lie, to kill, to commit adultery; he tempted them to live independent of God.
5. God’s Word is pure and sure, in spite of the Devil, in spite of our fear, in spite of everything.
6. Put first things first. The most important action in your life and mine occurs when Jesus says, “follow Me,” and we drop everything and follow Him.
In His Amazing Grace,
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