Misunderstood Mission

 

Achievement Success Goals Target Jigsaw Puzzle ConceptThere are planned mission trips that have clear goals and purposes to each place. I know missionaries in Indonesia, Africa, Nicaragua and many other places in the world. Their mission is to tell others about Jesus so that they can be saved and have the abundant life here and eternal life after this life. Jesus came to bring that life. His mission was to do what the Father sent Him to do – give His life as the Ultimate Sacrifice for sin. Jesus understood His mission, but lots of others misunderstood His mission. It took a good bit of repetitive instruction before the 12 disciples understood. The religious leaders and teachers of the law didn’t get His mission. They were too busy keeping the rules that they made up to go along with the law. Jesus had called them out about this and so they turned a “deaf ear” to His teaching.

Jesus, the Only Son of God was totally misunderstood by most of the people whom He came to teach and lead. He was crucified on “trumped up charges”. He was mocked, ridiculed and beaten, but He didn’t give up on His mission. As He was on the cross, He was still verbally abused and scoffed at. He completed His mission even though He was totally misunderstood. Check this out…

39 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. 40 “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. 42 “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! 43 He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with him ridiculed him in the same way. (Matthew 27:39-44 NLT)

I am so thankful that Jesus stayed on mission. I have hope today because He endured the mission of His life. The Fathers plan was one final sacrifice for sin and the sacrifice was the death of His Son. Jesus not only died for the sins of the world, He conquered death. He did rise from death on the third day after He was crucified. I often wonder how many of the people who were in the crowd yelling “crucify Him” repented of their sin and turned to Him. I wonder if Paul’s mission and teaching changed their minds about Jesus later. He was here. He was killed. He was gone. That had to baffle them.

I believe that Jesus calls me on a mission to grow in my love for God and to love others like the Lord loves. I show my love for God by serving others. I want to be on mission in my life, even if I’m misunderstood.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Accused

Public DefenderI’ve been accused of negative stuff. I’ve been accused of being hateful and unkind. I’ve been accused of speeding. I’ve been accused of running a yellow light. I’ve also been complimented of being patient (that one is a bit funny to me), I’ve also been complimented of being a good Dad & husband. (I like that one.) Accusation carries with it a negative of wrongdoing or guilt. Complement implies something positive and good.

Job’s three friends really like to “pour it on”. Here’s a guy who is righteous and follows the Lord. He is tested by Satan and suffers the loss of his family, his possessions and his health. He is suffering greatly and his friends accuse him of being wicked. It has to be God punishing you for evil. Check this out…

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

2 ‘My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer

    because I am greatly disturbed.

3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me,

    and my understanding inspires me to reply.

4 ‘Surely you know how it has been from of old,

    ever since mankind was placed on the earth,

5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief,

    the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

6 Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,

7 he will perish forever, like his own dung;

    those who have seen him will say, “Where is he?”

29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,

    the heritage appointed for them by God.’ (Job 20:1-7; 29 NIV)

I can feel the frustration of Job’s friends. They do not know what is going on, but they “wax eloquently” like they probably always do. They feel like that they have an explanation for everything. I don’t like it when people are quick to pass judgment or accuse when they don’t have all the facts. I think if they would have looked closely at Job’s life, they would not accuse him of being wicked.

I have seen bad things happen to good people and I don’t understand it. I don’t start accusing them of sin and wrong doing. We live in a fallen and broken world and there are laws of physics in play as well as the super natural presence of God. The thing I don’t always understand is why God doesn’t prevent bad things. He has the power to save and to keep bad things from happening, but chooses not to.

I’ve learned that God’s ways are higher than my mind can begin to understand. I’ve had some pretty blunt conversations with the Lord over the years when bad things happen to people I love. His grace and mercy has helped me understand that I have to trust Him. One day when I meet Him face to face – I’ll understand. For now, I just have to trust Him without all the answers.

Pressing On!

Dwayne