We’re always growing and learning as we navigate our way through life. There might be experiences in your life that you haven’t lived yet that could later change what you’re most passionate about. For example, before my divorce, I didn’t have a heart for seeing women whole and restored in Christ. But now I do! Now, I love speaking to divorcees and helping them find wholeness in Jesus. I find great joy in helping abandoned or divorced women recognize all the ways that the Maker is their Husband (Isaiah 54:5). The Lord often gives us new or adjusted missions based on what we’ve overcome with and through Him. So be flexible, and don’t hesitate to check in with the Holy Spirit every so often on where your mission statement might need adjusting or tweaking.
6. Center on the Word
The most important element of our mission statement is that it should be fully aligned with God’s Word. We know the Holy Spirit never speaks to us in a way that contradicts the Bible. In the same sense, your mission statement should accurately reflect the Christian life.
At the end of the day, regardless of how well-crafted our statement is or how catchy it might sound, we know that God has the final say over our plans and steps. He is sovereign, and our greatest purpose on earth is to bring Him glory. This might look different for all of us in different stages of life—for some, it’s preaching and teaching the Word from a platform. For others, it’s raising babies to the glory of God. For others, it’s living a life of freedom from addiction and showing how the Lord helped them overcome. Maybe it’s ministering to those who have been wounded by divorce, maybe it’s writing poetry or short stories, or creating beautiful works of art or music.
Regardless of the specifics, we know from the Bible that God has equipped us to accomplish these purposes and have planned them from before time began. What a relief! What a gift!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” (Isaiah 46: 8-11 ESV)
We know that no matter how our mission statement is worded or how often it might change, we can rest in the knowledge that God’s purposes for us will always prevail.
Soli Deo glori
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