vision to mission

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NLT)

Today we are closing out our weekly series on the vision of Church at The Well. We are moving beyond our vision to the mission of the church. This comes directly from Jesus when He gave the Great Commission, to go into all the world and make disciples to transform the world. We do this when we begin our faith walk to God (or begin again!); believe that our lives matter; and belong to God’s forever family.

I had a professor in school teach an interesting idea about vision and mission. He said that vision is what we see when we close our eyes, and mission is what we see when we open them. Closing our eyes gives us the ability to see the people, places, and things in life that matter to us, and to God. Then, when we open our eyes, we are able to see the mission field right in front of us where God wants us to begin…believing that we can make a difference for Him…knowing we belong to His forever family.

What do you see when you close your eyes? What do you see when you open them? The vision God gives you grants purpose to your life. Begin with God. Believe that you matter. Belong to God’s family. And help us change the world.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for granting me a vision for how you want me to live. Help me to embrace my mission field, so I can help others see they can begin, believe, and belong to you thanks to the love of Jesus. It’s in His name I pray. Amen.

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