The world is full of people who are scrambling to fulfill a miniscule mission as they race through life toward the finish line. A miniscule mission is a one where self is on the throne and you live within the narrow borders of your own little life. It is that place where your heart beats for you and only you. It is a life marked by self-satisfaction, self-survival, self-importance, and schedules filled with self-satisfying pursuits.
We expect this kind of tunnel vision from those who do not know Christ; tragically, many in the church who proclaim His name are also embarked on miniscule missions. They are more concerned about advancing the cause of their own little kingdom than expanding God’s BIG kingdom.
So . . . how is it with you? Are you on a miniscule mission? Or are you pouring yourself out to advance the cause of the kingdom of Christ?
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Did you know that the Bible never tells us to simply seek the kingdom of God? It tells us to seek it first! We are not to pursue the advancement of God’s kingdom after we pursue the advancement of our own kingdom. We are not to pursue it even at the same time. We are to pursue God’s kingdom first!
The advancement of God’s kingdom is to take first place in our lives. Of course we are to love our families, deepen our friendships, work hard at our jobs, save for the future, and serve in our communities. But we are never to make these—or any other worldly pursuits—the ultimate priority in life. When anyone or anything other than Jesus sits on the throne of our lives, we miss the One Thing that matters most. When we make anything smaller than God our first priority in life, we embark on a miniscule mission that will eventually lead us to a place of dissatisfaction, disappointment, and ultimately despair.
When Adam and Eve exchanged their pursuit of the kingdom of God for the pursuit of their own little kingdom, desiring what looked good and felt good, their miniscule mission plunged all of the created order into ruin. Our first parents literally denied their own humanity! They were created for the pursuit of God and His kingdom, not their own. We all know how that mission worked out for them: hiding in the brush, shivering with fear, blaming everyone but themselves for their catastrophic fall.
But thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! He refused to leave Adam and Eve within the constricted borders of their sin-filled lives. God pursued two rebels on the run and promised to send a Savior who would save them from their sins and the misery of pursuing a miniscule mission. And God has done the same for every child born of grace.
God’s grace has broken the chains of our self-imposed imprisonment that pursues the advancement of our own personal kingdoms. His grace has rescued us from living a miserable life of advancing our mediocre, miniscule mission; He has awakened us to live a life that truly matters.
Sure, His grace empowers us to love and serve at home, at work, and in our communities, but He empowers us to do so much more! In His most gracious act after salvation, God gave us a desire to live for Him rather than for ourselves. At this level of living, life becomes a journey of unimaginable joy, because we are living for what—or more accurately, Who—we were designed to live for in the first place: God!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!