Your family may never be called to become missionaries in a foreign country; yet as followers of Jesus Christ, you are still called to be mission-minded. When Christ gave His Great Commission—“ Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16: 15; see also Matthew 28: 18– 19)— He wasn’t just speaking to special apostles, future missionaries, or a few chosen preachers. Jesus was unveiling His purpose for all of us. And His words were not just a “Great Suggestion.” As Hudson Taylor once said, “The Great Commission is not an option to consider; it’s a command to obey.”

Jesus fulfilled God’s mission for His life. Yet His ministry continues today— through us. In Acts 1: 1, Luke described his “former account” (the Gospel he had previously written) as the testimony “of all that Jesus began both to do and teach” (emphasis added). Throughout the world today, the Lord Jesus is still saving people and changing their lives; and your family can participate in what He’s doing.

Instead of merely asking God to bless your kids, meet your needs, and fulfill your personal goals, seek God for how your family can bless others, meet others’ needs, and help fulfill God’s goals. Rather than praying, “Lord, please bless our plans,” find and follow God’s plans— because God’s plans are already blessed!

There are no cookie-cutter shapes or standards for mission-minded families. Such families come in all sizes, nationalities, and social groups, simply sharing a common love for the Lord and the lost.

Our mission is the Great Commission, and this focus affects each family member (as an individual) and the entire family (as a unit).

Mission-minded families love God, they are focused on expanding God’s kingdom, and they are some of the happiest people on earth!

 

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