GOATS VERSUS SHEEP II: WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?

In the last post, we were trying to figure out how to get God’s guidance on what our mission is in life. So let’s continue.

For those people who haven’t really figured their specific task, know this:

Jesus is interested in your heart attitude!

Just as described in the parable in Mathew 25:31-46, whenever you see some kind of suffering or injustice, help the victim. Provide housing for the homeless, give away clothes that you don’t wear, or donate that extra money you have stashed for your entertainment expenses. Maybe you have spotted a kid from a poor family who is wearing worn out school shoes. Go ahead and buy them new shoes.

It doesn’t have to involve a large financial expense. You can donate your time by helping out a sick single mother by cleaning her house, or just keep a lonely elderly person company. There are many poor kids who have been given a talent for playing music but they can’t afford classes or instruments. If you are a music teacher or expert, you could get some kids and teach them.

I once heard someone say that giving is not sacrificial unless it hurts. In other words, go to the extent of denying yourself something just to bless someone else. Again, it doesn’t have to be just money. In today’s society, everyone is so busy doing their own thing that for most people, time is actually more precious than anything else.

I’m not telling you to sell all your stuff, give to the poor, and leave your family with nothing. But why not take them along so that they too can be part of your works of charity? This is a great way for kids to learn their purpose early in life. Some of us are still trying to find our mission as adults because our hearts were never exposed to acts of love from an early age.

The truth is that God will never put on you a burden you cannot bear, so there will be no excuse of saying that you didn’t have the resources. To whom much is given much is required. We all have something to share with others.

Jesus is always on the lookout for people He can use, and He will move your heart to help someone whom you meet as you go about your daily life. In Acts 10:37-39, we are told of how Jesus went about doing good works and healing those who were oppressed by the devil. You may not be able to cast out demons but you can take 5 minutes to encourage a brother or sister who is feeling depressed.

The funny thing is that this is a big problem even in the church! We would rather preach to each other and point out people’s sins rather than just show unconditional love. I’m not talking about condoning sin. All I’m saying is that the best way to draw people to Christ is to allow them to get a whiff of Him through your actions.

So what has all this got to do with finding your mission or God-given purpose?

Well, as you reach out to others and lessen their burdens, Jesus will gradually guide you into more selflessness. You will learn to listen to and obey that still small voice as it nudges you to greater selfless acts of kindness. You will wake up one day and find that your heart has been transformed. You won’t even understand how, but you’ll feel different!

As you show your faithfulness in small things, you will instinctively discern who He is asking you to help or not. Your continued obedience will increase your ability to discern His voice. He will then lead you to greater callings until He finally establishes you in your life purpose.

Ultimately, Jesus will bless you with the mission that you were created for.

So go out there and be the sheep you were created to be!

Shalom.

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