In the 2005 film Pacifier, Vin Diesel plays disgraced Navy Seal Shane Wolfe. Upon the failure of his previous mission, Shane is reassigned to protect a family whose dead father created a secret weapon known as Ghost. While government officials seek to locate this device, Shane’s new mission is to protect this family at all cost while examining the home for any clues. Despite a series of set backs, Shane risks his life to complete this mission.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age,” Matthew 28:18-20.
Prior to his ascension into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples what is now known as the great commission. This mission was laid out in three stages. First, begin in Jerusalem, explaining what has happened to the Jews. When phase one is complete, move on to Judea and Samaria, spreading the good news to surrounding towns and villages. Finally, go into all the world to share the hope of salvation found in the words of John 3:16-17.
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,” Acts 1:7-8.
Nearly two thousand years later, God is waiting for you to fulfill a new mission. Depending upon your personality, talents and spiritual gifts, instructions will vary. Yet, unless you enlist by beginning your own spiritual journey, Romans 10:9-10, your mission will be unknown. Lack of clarity helps explain why many are unproductive in this life. However, as the Holy Spirit begins to reveal to you God’s plan, Galatians 5:25, success is possible. May the season of Lent awaken souls to see the reality of the mission the Lord wants you to complete while on earth.
by Jay Mankus