Mission of Christ. Our job, as believers, is to love God; serve Him; fall before Him every day seeking forgiveness and help to become more and more like Christ. Worship Christ, our only Savior.
17 “Do not think that I came to
destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to
fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass
away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all
is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these
commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom
of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great
in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your
righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17-20, NKJV
It is most appropriate, when thinking of
the subject of missions, to begin with the Mission of Christ, the Chief
Missionary, who came into a world that was not His own, with a mission
to save a people for Himself.
Notice, that in Christ's words shown above, He begins with the Law. Why is that? It is God's Law that condemns us; it is no wonder that in the United States everything is being done to remove the Ten Commandments from the visibility of the people. The Law condemns us; we can not keep it perfectly and are therefore condemned before God. That is why Christ begins here; He is the only one who can perfectly keep the Law. He, alone, is righteous, and is therefore worthy to offer Himself as a sacrifice for His people.
How does that affect the Christian? Even though the Christian's sins have been covered by Christ, he still sins. Yes, that is true; it is a great grief for the Christian to be so plagued by the curse of sin. That very fact is what gives the Christian his true mission in life; no Christian is exempt from God's mission!
The Christian's first goal is to love and honor Christ and to keep His commandments. As he sins, he continues to fall before Christ asking for forgiveness; Christ continues to grow him and sanctify him so that he becomes more and more like Christ. Only through Christ can the true believer exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, who attempted to gain their own salvation by their own works.
The Mission of Christ gives the believer his true mission. Love God; serve Him; fall before Him every day seeking forgiveness and help to become more and more like Christ. Worship Christ, your only Savior.
Who is this Christ? I love the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 3:16, from the New English Standard Version of the Bible:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
Yes, that is our Savior!