For the last 4 weeks we’ve been talking about Kairos Living In A Chronos World. Chronos and Kairos are the Greek words for time. Chronos time is measured time—a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year. It’s That Time Between Punching The Time Clock In And Punching Out. It’s Endured Time. God offers us more—He Offers Us Kairos Time—Time That Is Rich And Full Of Experience.
There are so many Kairos moments for us to experience. Today, we’ll close out this series with the most significant kairos moment a disciple of Jesus can have: The Kairos Moment of Discovering Your Unique Mission. Knowing your Unique Mission in life is crucial. Talk about a powerful Kairos moment—it will change the way you live the rest of your life. Look with me at 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NLT)
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
What could be more important than to be on a mission from God? You are 1 of a potential 7.6 billion followers of Christ. Yet, out of so many, God has called YOU to carry out His special mission in the world. Do you know what your Unique Mission is?
If you can remember only 1 thing this morning, this is it: Your Purpose Is To Know Jesus Deeply, Enjoy God Immensely, And Make Him Known To The World By Helping Others To A Saving And Growing Relationship With Jesus! If this sounds sorta familiar, then you’ve heard the Westminster Catechism.
People who choose to live in Kairos Time find their Unique Mission as we live out this purpose. Inside purpose, we always find the Mission. To Be A Real Disciple Is Not About Creeds And Rituals—It’s All About Relationship And Experience. I want to share with you how you and discover God’s unique mission in your life so you can have Kairos Living in a Chronos world!
1. First Of All, Make The Conscious Decision To Nurture God’s Thoughts!
It’s possible to plan out a day, a business agenda, a church agenda, or even life goals without knowing God’s thoughts and without the certainty of moving in God’s presence. Before Jesus ascended back into heaven, his last words of counsel to the disciples and to us are: Wait until you’re sure you’re moving with God’s plan. Hang on until you know you have God’s presence, because this mission is impossible to do in your own strength and resources!
As you walk in step with God, you have a tremendous privilege of knowing the heart and mind of God. Anyone—not just pastors or great saints or Bible scholars—can dream the dreams of God. God promises that all Kingdom People, regardless of gender, race, economic status, social status, or age will be given the ability to think God’s thoughts for the purpose of acting on God’s plan for the future.
It says so in the book of Joel, that Peter quoted on the Day of Pentecost: Acts 2:17-18—17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.’
Those days are the time between Jesus’ Ascension and His Return. You need to begin right now nurturing God’s thoughts. Most of us need to learn this nurturing process.
Some People Develop Inspiring Visions For What Their Life Potential Could Be, But Few People Have The Sense Of Supernatural Intervention That Provides For The Ability To Think God’s Thoughts Today. The world teaches that life centers around self-focus. But a person filled with the Holy Spirit puts the focus on knowing and pleasing God. Spirit directed people gear their whole lifestyle toward the purpose of God.
In Mark 1 we read about Jesus going out to pray before sunrise. What was he doing before his day began? He was Dream-Visioning and Thinking God’s thoughts in order to direct the purpose for His day. Because Of The Holy Spirit You Can Dream God’s Dreams And Know God’s Thoughts Right Now.
We have to go on a course that is not always comfortable or natural and that is moving counter clockwise to the rest of the culture because we will be surrendered to a God-focus. We develop the ability to think God’s thoughts and then move further toward God’s preferred future.
2. The Second Step Is To Connect With People Who Share God’s Passion!
You need to connect with people who will encourage you forward in God’s Mission. This is what mentoring is all about.
You Will Begin Thinking Like The People With Whom You Spend The Majority Of Your Time. If people around you think money, you will begin to think money. If you spend time with negative people, your attitude becomes negative. If those you hang with people who are critical, you will be critical. I want to hang with people who throw more fuel on the fire of God! You need mentors.
But the truth is, there are not enough mentors to go around. Mentoring cannot always be done through 1-on-1 relationships. But you are still responsible for managing your own mentoring needs. Time boundaries and geography restrictions are no excuse for not building a solid network of mentors. You can have mentors who may not be aware they are your mentors; they may not even know you exist, yet you can draw from their wealth of wisdom.
Let me share with you some of my mentoring network: My Dad, Debbie, Carrie Thompson, Chuck Swindoll, Max Lucado, Mike Stenson, Tim Buchanan, Reggie McNeal, John Wesley, Kyle Idleman, Mike Stonbraker, Matt Redman. Some I know personally, others I’ve never met, but they and many others, are a part of my mentoring network.
You may never meet a lot of the people who are a part of your mentoring network, but you can listen to them and be the better for it by spending time with them. Who are the mentors in your life?
How much time do you spend under the influence of Godly People? It will be these godly people who will help you discover your mission from God and encourage you to move forward into God’s future for your life.
3. Finally, Name Your Unique Mission From God!
Allow me to make an important distinction: Your Unique Mission Is Different From Your Life Purpose! My life purpose and your life purpose is simple and it is our overall reason for being here on planet Earth. Our life purpose, whether we’re a pastor or factory worker or teacher or retired, is to Know Jesus Deeply, Enjoy God Immensely, And Make Him Known In Our World. This is the purpose for every person. Young, old, rich, poor, men, women—it’s the same.
Your mission is highly specific. Your Unique Mission Is To Make Him Known By Helping Others To A Saving And Growing Relationship with Jesus! My mission is clear to me: To fulfill my Unique Mission, I am to be a pastor, preacher, teacher and leader. When you identify your mission, it will be as specific as mine. Here is a way to find the Clarity you need for your Unique Mission:
- Your Mission Will Come Out Of Your Passion.
- It Is Something That You Are Drawn To.
- It Will Probably Be Connected To Your Life Experiences.
- It Will Be Something You Feel Is A Gift From God.
- You Can’t Keep From Doing It.
Will living out your mission cause you to leave your job and seek employment at a church or ministry? Maybe, maybe not. Will it cause you to bring your skills, your talents, and your gifts to the church for use? ABSOLUTELY!!!
You decide who your mentors will be depending on your life situation. Choose people in your mentoring network who can help you name your mission. Your mission is for the body of Christ, the Kingdom of God!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use your life to carry out God’s Dream. In the power of the Holy Spirit, you can make a difference in your world. Identify your unique mission and serve God by serving people. Should you choose to accept this mission, God will be with you every step of the way. Your life will not self-destruct, but will grow and blossom as you live in Kairos time!
- Build your network, and write down their names. If they are local, get with them frequently. You need at least 3 or more people you can meet with face to face.
- Study about Spiritual Gifts and name your gifts.
- Don’t be afraid to try something different. Failure isn’t fatal, but fear is!