“[God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known …” (Ephesians 3:10 NIV)
You and I were made for a great adventure — it’s why we like movies. Movies have a story to them, an adventure to follow through. It’s also why we like shows like “Star Trek.” We want to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”
That’s no accident. God made us to long for adventure — his adventure. God calls all believers to join him in a rescue mission, “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and complete the Great Commission. It’s a rescue mission patterned after Christmas itself. God invaded the earth 2,000 years ago. It’s how the mission started. Jesus came to Earth to “seek and save the lost.”
Not only has God created us for this mission; he also wants us to go on the adventure together. God’s agent for completing his mission is the Church. Churches start churches. The Bible says, “[God’s] intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known …” (Ephesians 3:10). God has chosen the Church — not governments or businesses — to be his agent to complete the mission.
These are great days to be alive. We’re living in a generation when the Great Commission can be completed in our lifetime. When Jesus gave the Great Commission, it was physically impossible for his disciples to complete. In those days, when Jesus said to go into all the earth, there were only two ways to go anywhere: on foot or a donkey.
Today we have dozens of kinds of transportation. We also have the Internet. You can talk to someone in a faraway tribe and still be sitting in your pajamas at home. It’s never been more possible to see the Great Commission completed.
Of all the people in the world, you’re reading this devotional. Why? God wants to use you. Think you’re too ordinary? You are the one God wants to use.
Every church in the world has been started by average, everyday people like you and me. Our generation can complete what God started on the first Christmas. Being a part of that would be the greatest privilege of our lives.
If God created you for a mission, why would you think you are too ordinary to fulfill it?
Watch a short video sample from Pastor Rick on the importance of love. Saddleback Resources offers 40 Days of Love, a six-week, video-based study for small groups or individuals that searches the Scripture for what love is, the characteristics of love, and how our relationships can be transformed by love.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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