Believe it or not we as Christians have a mission. Its 24/7, 365 days a year and it continues for our lifetime. Matthew 28:16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Known as the Great Commission it serves as a directive on what we as Christians are supposed to do. It is not an option, suggestion, good idea; it is a command to be followed. It is the response to what Jesus has done for us in our personal lives. It applies to all believers not just Pastors or missionaries, to ALL.
I got to thinking the other day about how this mission is conducted by the modern church. At a casual glance it really isn't being conducted. The church has become a social / entertainment / meet my needs platform. If the entire church was to focus on the Great Commission our true mission the results would be amazing. As of now less than 1% of Christians take the mission seriously.
As I thought about this I remembered a time in history when our entire country devoted itself to a single effort, WWII. During WWII our country was completely focused on the war effort, all sacrificed both soldier and civilian, rich and poor. Wow, if only the church could do the same for the mission effort. Total resources, total manpower. Sacrifice all for the calling Christ gave to us. More on this later as it develops.
I am a Priest in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). I am a Husband to Darcien Balog, 26 Years. I am a Father to four pretty cool kids (they are still not cooler than us parents) Ashleigh, John, James and Nick. I have one Grandchild Aramis (now he's real cool). I am a Soldier. The highlight of my Army Career was being assigned to the 3rd Squadron 7th United States Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. I conducted two Combat tours with them to Iraq; the 2003 OIF invasion and 2005 OIF 3. I've seen God work in awesome ways, more so than most civilian Pastors could ever know.