“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
– 1 Peter 2:9
“I just wish I knew God’s purpose for my life”
That is a phrase I believe is common among college students, myself included. We are at a time in our lives where we are deciding what we want to do for the rest of our lives. We find ourselves trying to “figure out” God’s plan, but if we spend all our time trying to decipher God’s plan for our lives, we will lose sight of the mission He’s given us today. That is to glorify Him in the places we live, work and play.
If you frequent Ignite, you have probably heard the story John Piper tells of the man who responded to an alter call at the church his father was pastoring. As the man walked toward the alter, he was weeping. He wept as he lamented, “I wasted it! I wasted my life.” Adam often follows this story by encouraging us not to waste our college years. Whatever we do, whether its eating at Tijuana on a Wednesday night, or sippin’ on an Arnold Palmer with some friends, we should do it to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31)! A wonderful aspect about the life we live as Christians is the fact that God made it possible, though Jesus Christ, for us to join Him on His mission to make Himself known to all creation. That mission is to shine as light in the dark places, to radiate the light of Jesus with everyone we encounter. It is a mission we can only accomplish by boldly proclaiming the good news of the gospel: Jesus saves sinners.
So if bringing glory to God by spreading the gospel is our mission, where is our mission field? The answer is simple. It won’t require us to take a semester off and travel to a different country (although, if that is what God has called you to do, then AMEN). No, our mission field is where God has placed us. It’s where we are right now. It will require intentionality and a heart that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It will require prayer and pleading with God to make us aware of the opportunities He prepares. And it will require courage. Our mission field is Target, where we engage in small talk with the cashier. Our mission field is Starbucks, where we study and engage the person next to us in a conversation. Our mission field is the classroom at FGCU. Our mission field is the dorm or apartment we call home. Our mission field is where we work and encounter people from all walks of life. Our mission field will be wherever God leads us after graduation. Put simply, the mission field God has sent us to is wherever we live, work and play.
I don’t know what God has in store for your life. As a soon to be graduate, I wish I knew what He had in store for mine. But I do know that today, where He’s placed me, His purpose for me is to bring glory to His name with my words and actions. I trust that if I live in obedience and surrender to Him, He will lead me. He will guide me to and through the things He has in store for me this side of Heaven. I trust that as I continue to walk hand in hand my Creator, He will empower me to faithfully accomplish His mission in the mission field He has given me today. And I trust that He who has started a good work in me will bring it to completion (Phil 1:6).
How are you living on mission today?