Sunday, December 6, 2009

Doing Something Of Eternal Value

By Rev. James Wong
We all know that we only live once on planet earth. If we ponder on life, none of us want to waste our lives on frivolous things and hope to invest our lives on some endeavors that brings wealth, meaning and most of all, of good value. Ever think of something beyond that. What about doing something of ’Eternal Value’? Yes, not just worldly value but eternal value.

God has given us a task, to be a partner with Him in sharing the Good News of his love, forgiveness, hope and abundant life in following Jesus Christ. This assignment of sharing the gospel is known as our ‘Life Mission’. Jesus said: “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18 NIV).

Our Life Vocation
We may have our life vocation as a teacher, doctor, lawyer, homemaker, clerk, engineers, laborer, student, hairdresser, mechanic, nurse, businessman, politician and etc. God has given each one of us special gifts for specific tasks to enable us to make a living and make this world a better place. This is known as our life vocation and it is important that we are successful in this area. On top of our life vocation God has given us a life mission which is the assignment that God has given us to do.

Our Life Mission
This life mission that we receive from God is different from ministry. Our ministry is our service to believers in the body of Christ whereas our mission is our service to the unbelievers of this world. Mission is the assignment that God has given to us to share his message to those who are yet to believe. In fact the word "mission" comes from the Latin word for "sending." Being a Christian includes being sent into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18 NIV).

To put it simply, the mission that God has given to us is to introduce people to God. The Bible says, “… God gave us the task of making others his friends also. Our message is that God was making all mankind his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends” (2 Cor 5:18-19

The sermon this week will highlight to you the significance of fulfilling this life mission. It is a task that has eternal value. It will impact the eternal destiny of other people. Because of this it is more important than any job, achievement or goal you will reach during your life. Nothing else you do will ever matter as much as helping people establish an eternal relationship with God. But why are we seldom doing it? Tune to the sermon.

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