My mission is my testimony.
When I was three I lost my father. After his death, the closest thing I had to a father figure growing up were drug addicts and alcoholics. Raised by a single mother in a non-christian home, I had little to influence me in a positive light.
After graduating high school, I gave my life to Jesus with a simple prayer. “Lord, I don’t know what I have to offer you, but what I have is yours.” I had sin, aimlessness, depression, and loneliness. That is what I gave to Jesus.
In exchange for those things, Jesus gave me the Father. In fact, I can in hindsight look back over my life, even before knowing God, and see the Father’s hand.
My testimony is my mission.
Within and without the Church many people cannot see the Father’s hand in their lives. They cannot see His love, His protection, His provision, His discipleship, His correction, or the plans that He has for them.
In 1 Corinthians 4:15, Paul says “even if you had 10,000 teachers in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers…”
As I see it, the most Christ-like thing I can do is to gaze upon Jesus (spend time with Him) so I can see the Father. Then, I emulate the Father like Jesus does, doing what I see the Father doing.
Our churches are filled with teachers and programs. I’m not saying that’s all bad. However, without spiritual fathers and mothers all of this learned information mostly becomes noise to today’s youth. What we are doing is losing the heart of a generation to a spirit of deception. The under-30 crowd is flocking away from Christianity, not to it.
We need fathers who have turned their hearts to sons so that sons can turn their hearts to fathers. This is ultimately why I do what I do. I want to be part of turning the hearts of the fathers first, and then the sons. My focus now is on my own generation, but in the end you could say it is a ministry with multi-generational focus. This is who I am and what I’m about on my good days and my bad days. This is why I pursue ministry.
I am contending for the heart of the Church and the heart of generations, that there might be reconciliation in Christ.
My ministry is unity.
I do not mean unity simply for the sake of getting along. Jesus is coming back for a spotless bride from every tribe, tongue, and nation. He is coming back for the living and the dead. He is coming back for the young and the old. But for us living today we prepare for His coming by building one another up in righteousness, truth, and the knowledge of Jesus. That is the true effort of love. This is what we lay down our lives for.
Unity is when we contend for one another despite our differences of opinion or methodology. If we truly know Jesus and have seen the Father, we strive for one another instead of striving against one another.
At the heart of unity exists a zeal for the house of God. Will we yield to the leadership of Jesus as He “cleans house”? Will we lay down our pride and ambitions for the sole purpose of partnering together with Jesus in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit? This, beloved, is our invitation.