“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
Most churches today have mission statements that help them stay focused on the task ahead of them. Many individuals and families have also been encouraged to write a personal mission statement. This passage in Luke 4 can be considered to be Jesus’ personal mission statement. As He read this passage, originally from Isaiah 61:1-2, in front of His hometown synagogue, He claimed it as His own mission in the world.
In a very real sense, Jesus Himself was both the mission and the message. To everyone, whether poor, blind, imprisoned or oppressed, the message was clear: God Himself was walking among the people of earth, and nothing would ever be the same! God’s favor had come to the world through the person of His Son, Jesus.
The gospel message that we have is still the same. God is walking among us. He has come to dwell in His people as they live among the poor, blind, imprisoned and oppressed, and He has come to make a difference. Jesus carries out His mission today through His people. Ultimately, His mission is yours. Are you living life on mission today?
Awesome God, I thank You for the clarity in Your word concerning the mission of Jesus. There’s nothing ambiguous in what You have said. Help me to take hold of Your mission and run with it. Give me Your compassion for those who are hurting or suffering. Please live out in my life the life of ministry that You demonstrated in the flesh. Increase my dependence upon the Spirit to proclaim the Good News in everyday life.
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
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Praise God that he is absolutely holy; that there is no sin in him at all. Thank him for making you holy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Confess any known sin that is contrary to God’s will. Commit to his lordship in every area of life. Ask that in all you are facing, your faithful God will “not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear,” but will always “provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Pray that your Christian example may encourage others to seek the Lord. Ask that you will “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15).
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