The storyline of the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, is that of two brothers who had recently been released from prison, and soon learned that the church-run orphanage they had grown-up in was about to be closed because it had run out of money. The brothers then set out to raise the funds needed, by hook or by crook, to save the orphanage, enlisting the help of their old rock band members.
Because it was a church-run orphanage, throughout the movie they repeated the line that they were “On a mission from God”. You may recall the movie starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and also included the great Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
I grew up with John Belushi. Sadly, two years after the movie was released, he died of a drug overdose while staying in a hotel in Beverly Hills. Having known John, I remember exactly where I was when I learned of his death. He had attended our high school reunion just a few years earlier after becoming one of the original stars on Saturday Night Live, where he began his climb to fame. Of course I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death.
In high school, John was already showing the signs of stardom. He was an actor and comedian starring in both the school’s play and talent show. Senior year he was both co-captain of the football team and was Homecoming King. He was popular and fun to be with.
But sadly his life was cut short.
Although John left a legacy of fame and comedy, his legacy is overshadowed by his early death brought on by the use of illicit drugs. It would seem he choose to pursue a life of fame and fortune - and from a secular standpoint, it appeared he was off to a
good start - but sadly, in real life, it would seem he was not “on a mission from God.” John had natural born talents - you might say God-given talents, but unfortunately he didn’t use his talents for God.
But what about me? What are my God-given talents? Am I using the talents God has given me for His purposes and His glory? Am I on a mission from God?
We often think of stewardship only in terms of money, but God has called us to be good stewards of all that He has entrusted to each of us - our time and our talents - as well as our treasure. That even includes our work - whether we work at a job as an employee or we’re the owner of the business. No matter what our work, we are all to be on a mission for God.
In John 15 the Lord tells us that we did not choose Him but He chose us, appointing us to go bear fruit using the talents that He has given to each of us. And as we are told in I Corinthians 12 - God has given each of us talents or gifts that are to be used to help fulfill His purposes. He has uniquely created each of us to be a part of the body of Christ, and just as our physical bodies have many parts, so does the body of Christ.
So, am I on a mission from God, being a steward of all aspects of my life? What would God have me to do with the talents, time and treasure He has entrusted to me? What is His job or mission for me?
And as we look to the mission of our church and reflect on what God has already done in our midst, we look forward to what God will do next as we obey. Collectively we have a mission from and for God, and each of us, as a part of the body of Christ, has a part in that mission. We are all part of the team and have a God-given responsibility to support and be a part of that effort, as we to go out from here into the mission field around us.
As we are told in Ephesians 4, we are all part of the body of Christ, each one having his or her God-given role to play, using what God has given each of us for the work of service and to build up the body of Christ.
What part will I play? What is my role - my mission?
How God has equipped me gives me an indication of what my role is. But, will I be a good steward of what He has given me? And will I be faithful and obedient, going on my mission for God?
More to come...
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