Mission Possible

Your Mission, if you choose to accept it . . . .

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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One of my favorite TV shows in the late sixties and early seventies was Mission Impossible.  Every show opened up with roughly the same following words:

“Good evening, Mr. Phelps. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is  . . . .  As always, should you or any of your I.M. (Impossible Mission) Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.” (parenthesis mine)

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For the next sixty minutes, my husband and I would sit on the edge of our seats as Mr. Phelps overcame obstacle after obstacle and nearly got himself killed several times while accomplishing his mission.  Other than the fact that the verb “self-destruct” annoyed me because the correct verb is “self-destroy,” I loved the show.

And, of course, Mr. Phelps always accomplished his mission.  Why? Because he had no choice but to accomplish it.  If he didn’t, the series would end. 🙂 

On a serious note, Mr Phelps always accomplished his mission because he had the help of a great team.

As followers of Yeshua, we, too, have a mission. That mission is to love. And, although at times it may seem so, our mission to love is not an impossible one.  Like Mr. Phelps, we will encounter obstacles in accomplishing our mission, but we have the help of the greatest team in the universe: the Holy Trinity.

When Jesus gave us the command to love, He knew we would not be able to love in our own strength.  Indeed, the only way we can truly love others with agape love, the God-kind of love, is to allow Jesus to love through us.  There is no other way. 

As a born-again believer, you have Christ living inside you.  You are, as it were, a container for Christ.  Your job is to allow Him to pour Himself out of you into the person who needs to be loved with His love. You also have the power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to love.  And, of course, you have the compassion of the Father to inspire you to love.

Your heart was made to love, but sin got in the way.  Now that you are a new creature in Christ, sin no longer has to get in the way of your loving.  Your mission to love is possible.

And, best of all, when you love, Jesus will never disavow any knowledge of your actions, nor will your mission of love ever self-destroy. On the contrary, Jesus will acknowledge your loving actions before the Father, and your mission of love will continue forever in Heaven.

It doesn’t get any better than that. 🙂

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