"Mission Statement" is a VERB (Part IV of a five-part series)

April 1, 2016

In all my work of writing Life Mission Statements, I see more vividly each day that  God has prepared His people for the exact epoch of time in which we live.  Although the days are getting darker, the Light of Christ is greater than the darkness of the world.  Jesus said to His followers, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).  Instead of complaining about the darkness, we are charged to dispel the darkness.  If it seems dark in your little corner, then show your light even more boldly.  You will likely be amazed at how God blesses you when you dare to be honest out loud.


When I write mission statements, I basically clean off the grime of self-doubt and confusion that has accumulated onto people’s lives.  Every time I have a session with yet another believer, I encounter a precious person who has somehow been devalued and effectively distracted from living out the fullness of our calling to live boldly for God.


Your Life Mission Statement isn’t just a statement.  It’s a verb that calls for action that is decisive.  When you live out Life Mission Statement, you are causing a ripple effect that reaches far beyond your little corner of the world.  You can make a difference each day just by doing what God put in you to do.  Have you committed your Life Mission Statement to memory?  Can you say it on-the-spot with confidence?  I exhort you to keep it ever at the front of your mind.  Internalize it.  Talk about it.  Make your whole life an expression of it.


Recently I met with Pastor Daniel.  Turns out, his Life Mission Statement is “to train the church to function together relationally as Christ’s family.”  Pastor Daniel has glorious gleaming light to shine that heals church-going Christ followers from corporate Christianity.  How many local churches operate as business-driven, impersonal corporations?  How many have Human Resource departments that treat conflict in the same way that the world does?  Pastor Daniel has it in him to help church members understand that as Christians we are members of Christ’s Body.  We are not mere shareholders waiting for dividends in the form of various church perks.  


When Pastor Daniel shows the full color of his God-given plume, he becomes a symbol of integrity.  In other words, just as the peacock is a symbol of integrity, so we ourselves become a symbol of integrity when we find the moral courage to live out our mission statement without shame.  Pastor Daniel has a vision for how a local church can be when its people understand who they are relationally in Christ. 


In a business setting, it is TMI (Too Much Information) to open up your heart and share your heart’s pain and exuberance.  But at church, that should be normal.  At church it should be normal to have others care for you in a brotherly, sisterly, motherly, fatherly way—to assure you that you matter, and to help you love God, and to teach you how to set a good example.


How much good would happen in churches across the world if all of us in Christ could be trained to relate to each other lovingly as a family and not be emotionally distant or pretentious, and not be caught up in our roles as legally described in the church’s Human Resources department? 


Pastor Daniel has a very positive influence on everyone he “mission statements,” so to speak.  When Daniel does his mission statement, it rubs off—it shines on us--and helps all of us to relate a little more like spiritual family members.  If you are grateful for the family of God or longing for true biblical community, then pray for Pastor Daniel because he is stepping out with unprecedented faith and moral courage.


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