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Personal Mission Statement

Years ago, I worked for a remarkable woman at a Fortune 500 company. She was skilled in Human Resources and created a personal mission statement as part of her career development. I remember it clearly: “Envisioning possibilities and making them realities.” So positive! So hopeful!
 
Fortunately for the Christian, we don’t have to brainstorm or do word searches or find out what’s trending to create a personal mission statement. God gave us His word, in more ways than one, on what we are to be about. Jesus Himself said He needed to be “in His Father’s house” - other translations say, “about His Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).
 
There are many potential “mission statement” verses in God’s word:
*“Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).
*“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16).
*“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
 
That’s a good start! Since all Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Tim. 3:16), I think we could find many more examples that describe our mission as ambassadors for Christ. However we define it, let’s embrace our personal (Godly) mission today and be about the Lord’s business.

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Life is the Test

When my sons were finishing fourth grade (they are 22 now), I remember walking them to the bus stop one spring morning. As we strolled up the block, I told them that I had my last day of Bible study that morning. They looked at me with huge blue eyes and one of them asked, “Will there be a test?”
 
What a good question. Their fourth-grade world was full of learning and full of tests. Of course, if a person is at the end of a study of any kind, there should be a test.
 
Is there a test in the things of God? We fill up on a Bible study, we learn God’s precepts, we see His nature and character, we marvel at His plan of redemption, we study His truth. But is there a test? God saves us through grace by the blood of Jesus (Eph. 2) but He’s not content to save us and shelve us. He gets to work sanctifying us, and it’s a process to transform us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). He has many lessons for us in this process, and fortunately, He’s a patient teacher. He’s willing to repeat the lesson over and over until we get it. He’s willing to speak a little louder if our little rebellious selves don’t want to listen.

When my sons asked that question, I didn’t hesitate with my answer. “Life is the test.”

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