MISSION FOR A NEW YEAR”                    By Pastor YAU

Text: Matthew 10:29-31                                    January 3, 2010.

 

INTRODUCTION:

1)     A man and his mission: William Carey, born in England in 1761, a Baptist pastor and then a missionary to India until he died there in 1834. When he proposed to his church leaders to send him to India, he was shouted down: “Young man, sit down. If God wants to save the people in India, it will not be you.” But he went with his reluctant wife, Dorothy, who later died in India in 1807 after the death of their son Peter. Through all the trials and suffering, God made Carey Father of Modern Day Mission Movement that opened the doors for world missions we see today.

2)     Twelve disciples’ missions: After Jesus sent the Twelve to the first mission trip, he told them about the challenges they would face and the protection God would install around them. He said, “Are not 2 sparrows sold for a penny? Yet no one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31) Jesus told them that their Father in heaven would watch over them and protect them from the unknown future.

 

MISSION IN THE BIBLE: Mission for different purposes.

1)   Mission of blessing: “The Lord had said to Abram: Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to land I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; and I will make your name great, and you will a blessing (to others.)” (Genesis 12:1-2)The call of Abraham is the first and the most recognized mission for the blessing of all nations. God has a much bigger purpose in mission than the one who is called but to many others. If we are obedient to His call, we will be a blessing to many.

2)   Mission of deliverance: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to deliver my people, the Israelis, out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10)God told Moses: I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their crying out because of their slave masters, and I am concern about their suffering.” (3:7)God saw the suffering of His people and sent Moses on a mission of deliverance to rescue them. God may call us on a mission to help someone who is in great pain and suffering. You may bring relief to someone in their days of needs.

3)   Mission of comfort: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed and the sin has been paid for.” (Isaiah 40:1-2)We are all familiar with the story in Isaiah 6:8 when God called him to be a messenger to deliver a message of comfort to His people in exile. God knew the hardship of their life and He sent Isaiah to comfort them. God may call you to deliver comfort to a fellow brother or sister, to give them hope and strength in time of suffering and hopelessness.

4)   Mission of salvation: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)The ultimate mission God has in mind for the world is to call them to receive the gift of eternal life through their faith in Jesus Christ. While all other missions of blessing, deliverance and comfort are necessary and good, the most important mission God call us to do is for the salvation of their souls. Bring someone to know Jesus and be saved is the ultimate mission you have in your whole life.

 

ASPECTS ON MISSION: (Matthew 10:1-28)

1)    The author of the mission: “He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” (10:1) The twelve disciples didn’t ask for the mission, but they were given to by the Lord himself. This is a very important fact. This means Jesus is the author of our mission and he is responsible for all our needs to carry it out. Jesus reiterated his responsibility in John 15:16, “You did not choose me but I had chosen you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will last.” When God gives us an assignment, He will always provide us strength to fulfill that.

2)    Ups and downs in mission: “If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if is it not, let your peace return to you.” (10:13) Not all people or homes will respond to God’s message the way we want to see all the time. There will be people or homes that will reject your word and good will. Sowing seeds is what we are called to do. How the seeds are going to grow depends on the kind of ground they fall onto. Some soil is better than others and results will be different. All we need to be is being faithful.

3)    The danger of doing mission: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (10:16) Living and witnessing for Jesus is a risky and dangerous business even in this Christian nation, and is much worse in other parts of the world. Jesus was well aware of this and He wants us to be as shrewd or smart as a snake and as innocent or honest and peaceful as a dove. Because of the nature of the gospel message agitates sinners, we may face opposition and even persecution in different forms from being ridiculed to being isolated to lost of friendship or worse. This is a test of faith and loyalty we show between the Lord and the world.

4)    The success of mission: “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (10:22)With all the challenges danger and possible persecution Jesus assured us that His mission will be accomplished if we are to stand firm with Him. Through out the 2,000 years of Christian history, tens of thousands of the faithful have proven the great success of the gospel mission around the world. Some of the success is the results of great sacrifices. Others may be the fruit of blood and even life. The Great Commission is now more than just a wish but a reality. The cross of Jesus is seen in all corners of the world. This has fulfilled the promise Jesus has made: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:32)

 

GOD’S PROVISION FOR MISSION:

1)   God provides spiritual needs: “He called the twelve disciples to himself and gave them power to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 10:1) God never leaves anyone alone when He calls him to do His mission. In this case, Jesus gave His disciples the necessary spiritual power to do what He called them to do. To win a spiritual warfare, we need spiritual power from God to bring Him victory.

2)   God provides material needs: “Do not take along gold and silver or copper in your belts. Take no bag for the journey or extra tunic or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.” (10:9-10)On top of spiritual power needed for the mission, God will also provide all material needs along the way. He has provided all needs for His workers in the past and He certainly will provide all our needs to day. His faithfulness has never failed anyone and He certainly will not fail you.

3)   God provides intellectual needs: “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (10:19-20)This doesn’t mean we don’t need to be ready and prepared. But this means we should not be intimidated when we begin to testify for the Lord. The Spirit of God will provide all the right words to present the message in ways God wants to lead someone to His Kingdom.

4)   God provides emotional needs: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered.” (10:29-30)This is about our worry or worries as we try to follow God’s call on His mission to us. Here Jesus assured us that God knows all our worries even the most minute, small needs we may have. God sees, feels and cares all our emotional needs and He won’t allow anything, no matter how small, to slip through His fingers unnoticed. He is always there for us.

 

COMCLUSION:

1)     A year with a mission: Many people live through the years without any purpose and they can count any achievement at the close of a year. Some Christians live their lives that way as well. Let us make this year of 2010 a special one by asking God to give us a mission for the year. There are many kinds of mission each one of us are gifted to work on through the year. Make a commitment to God that you will be more faithful and fruitful in doing His mission in 2010.

2)     A year with a decision: If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior, your first mission is to ask Him into your heart. Make Him the Lord of your life to guide you, strengthen you and lead your life to the direction He wants it for you. You will never have a better time than on the first Sunday of the year 2010 to make that decision: Lord Jesus, forgive my sin and come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior.