The Work of The Lord — The Christian’s Mission

Posted: October 19, 2013 in The Kingdom Of Heaven
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“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20

“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.  But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”  Mark 16: 15-16

“After all, who is Apollos?  Who is Paul?  We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News.  Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.  I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.  It’s not important who does the planting or who does the watering.  What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose and both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  For we are both God’s workers.  And you are God’s field.  You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder.  Now others are building on it.  But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have — Jesus Christ.  Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials — gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.  But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.  The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss.  The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”  1 Corinthians 3: 5-15

We spend our whole life working, planning, dreaming, worrying, toiling, with plenty in between.  And then we die.  The discerning servant of God contemplates whether what he’s pouring his energy into is something he can keep only temporarily or forever.  There are certainly sweet pleasures in this world that God intends for us to enjoy and celebrate and they’re worthy of our time and energy.  But they’re part of this world; they’re temporary and we don’t take them with us when we die.

A Christian does well to think about this because being conscientious of it keeps the eternal mission in the right perspective.  In a Christian’s life, the mission Jesus Christ gave us trumps everything.  We are to use our time, talent and treasure to accomplish our mission.  This work survives the refining fires of God and becomes our eternal reward on the other side.

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