What am I here for?
Often times I think of my primary roles in life as husband, father, and life group director at a church. While God gave me these duties to fulfill, they merely provide the context for my most magnificent and significant assignment.
In actuality, God has delegated to each of us responsibilities, which simply offer a backdrop for the carrying out a more exceptional calling.
The Apostle Paul understood this distinction.
In the introduction of his letter to the first-century Galatian people, he wrote: “Paul, an apostle–sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.” (Galatians 1:1)
In this text, Paul describes himself as an apostle, meaning he had a personal and physical encounter with Jesus, God Himself, and was sent by Jesus with the gospel message. While many believe apostles are only those first-century disciples who physically encountered Jesus and were specially commissioned to spread the gospel of Christ, in some ways, all Christ-followers are like apostles. As Christ-followers, we have personally interacted with Jesus, and He has tasked us with communicating His Good News to those who have not heard. Just like Paul, we are “sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father” (Galatians 1:1).
When we begin to comprehend that the one and only God who created the earth, everything in it, and the entire universe calls us to join His mission, spreading the gospel becomes serious business. Sharing the gospel is not equivalent to the necessity of washing the dishes or taking out the trash once a week. Nor does a job assignment at a place of employment compare with the vitality of proclaiming Jesus as Lord to those who do not know Him. In fact, no task or mission, in itself, holds greater value than that of fulfilling the Great Commission Jesus gave those who follow Him, because the marching orders come directly from God. However, when we live out the daily tasks, routines, and responsibilities of our lives in illumination of the gospel, God receives glory while we execute the purpose of our existence.
Just think for a moment, how would we live our lives differently, if each day we wake, we acknowledge and commit the primary purpose of that day to proclaiming Jesus as Lord in all that we do, think, and say? What if, in every conversation and task in which we participate, we would seek one foremost and most honorable goal: To point ourselves and others to Jesus?