Jesus came for a reason.
He lived His life on purpose.
He was on a mission.
Every time we gather together for the Lord’s Supper or Communion we celebrate this mission with the words of John 3.16-17. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
This Sunday we will be considering a couple of questions Jesus asks from Luke 12.49-56. The context of these questions is that Jesus is teaching his followers that we are to be aware of the “how and why” of living. He calls us not to worry, to be watchful and understand things based on what God is doing.
Basically the entire Old Testament had been moving toward the arrival of Jesus and today we now find our foundation looking back on Jesus as well. We are invited to see that our mission for our life and our church flows directly out of Jesus’ mission that brought Him to the cross. He lived His life so that others could live. He gave His life willingly to set us free. This is our inherited mission as well.
We are invited to live our lives and give from our lives in such a way that people meet our God. We do this as we connect to others in grace and truth. We will see the necessity this Sunday to join Jesus bringing a message of perfect love that is not always welcomed. Jesus came to set humanity free but sometimes we are so attached to our “prisons” that we are not interested in a God-defined freedom.
It is because of this mission from Jesus that Oak Hill desires to continue to expand and improve our ministry. We sent Ben Bigaouette to seminary two years ago to grow in his understanding and effectiveness in being a leader in Jesus’ mission. It is the belief in this mission that our Youth Director, Jack Mundis spoke of last Sunday when he shared the summer youth plan to grow in ministry effectiveness through training and serving with VBS and beyond. It is this mission that guides all we do at Oak Hill whether it be in our villages in Chad where we created wells or a classroom full of three year-olds or inviting our neighbor over for dinner.
Jesus lived His life all out, holding nothing back for the Kingdom of God. Do we want to live lives of sacrifice and significance or do we just want to talk about it a bit? Jesus calls us to live purposefully in a world filled with distractions and attractions toward emptiness. He invites us to live by faith as we step out as God’s people giving our lives so that others can live.
United with you in Jesus’ Mission,
Pastor Nick Mundis