An empty canvas is fastened to an easel, ready for a picture to be painted. What image in the mind of the painter will come alive on the canvas? What will the dipping of the brush into the palette of colors and the strokes on the canvas reveal?
A fresh, new year lies before us, with all kinds of possibilities beckoning. What does the One who framed the boundaries of time want to see happen in your life, in your church, and in your district in 2015? If His plan is painted on the canvas, what will the next 12 months reveal? It’s exciting to contemplate what God wants to do this year!
As leaders in the District gathered in a retreat a few months ago, 2015 was on our minds. Prayer was made. Discussion followed. It seemed good to us and the Holy Ghost that our District’s theme for this year would be:
The commission Jesus gave us must ever be before us: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 KJV
We are assured that if we are pursuing his commission, we will have his assistance: And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:20 KJV
The mission to reach a lost world has never had more significance than it does right now. With the last grains of time’s sand slipping through the narrow neck of the present and falling into eternity, we must be gripped with a consuming passion to reach those who have not experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Behold, He comes quickly!
The mission is daunting: a world with more than seven billion eternal souls must be reached. The Texas District, our immediate place of responsibility, is approaching a population of 11,000,000. So few of these multiplied millions have been born again as commanded by Jesus in John 3. For every 5 people in the Texas District who have experienced the new birth of water and spirit, there are 2,000 who have yet to be baptized in Jesus’ name and to receive the Holy Spirit.
It is obvious that something supernatural must take place in 2015 if we are to see them come to Him. The mission is beyond us to accomplish on our own, and He has chosen not to reach them without us.
The mission Jesus left us must be central to our existence but another key element to seeing the mission fulfilled is found in the prefix of our theme, CO•MISSION. “Co” as a prefix is defined as: together, with, jointly, mutually. It speaks of cooperation between two or more parties. CO•MISSION will only be accomplished by cooperation. This cooperation is two-fold:
- First, it is vertical. We must be connected to God and His heartbeat for the lost. We must lift prayers heavenward for the lost of our neighborhoods, our cities, our district and our world. We must become intercessors standing in the gap and making up the hedge. We must join hands with the savior of the world if the world is to be saved. Alone we save no one; with him there is no one who can’t be reached!
- Second, it is horizontal. We must be connected to one another in our passion and work to reach the lost. The task is too large for one individual or one church. We must commit together to mutually reach the lost of our district. Like a human lifeline of people joined hand-to-hand to pull someone from a swirling torrent, we must join hearts and efforts to pull someone from the real and present danger of an eternity without God. Each one must reach one, but by working together—with God and each other—we can reach exponentially more people. At the end of the day, by joining hands, we will see more people ready for eternity.
Jesus left us the great commission. It will only be accomplished if we embark on a CO•MISSION – WITH HIM • REACHING THEM. Will you commit to the commission? Will you connect with heaven as well as fellow ministers and saints to accomplish the mission? There is no Plan B…