Vacation or Mission?

I’m a big proponent of using your morning routine for inspiration.  Whether you’re in the shower, shaving, or turning one big eyebrow into two smaller ones, you don’t really have to think about what you’re doing because you’ve done it loads of times before.  So, instead of just mindlessly scrubbing your scalp, why not take that time to remind yourself of some inspiring truth that will help you make the most of your day for the glory of God?  I’m not talking about giving yourself a hefty dose of self esteem with phrases like “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and people like me”.  No, I’m talking about truth from God’s Word!

Here’s an example of what I mean: remind yourself in the morning that Jesus gave you and the rest of the Church a mission to accomplish when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).  If you’re a Christian then you’ve heard those verses repeated a gazillion times, yet we still live like we’re on a vacation here instead of on a mission.  Lord, help us if we’re living like this is as good as it gets!  Jesus, the One who took our place and absorbed the wrath of His Father for us, has sent us out to make disciples; He did not say “Go therefore and make life easier for yourselves and as best you can avoid anything that requires you to sacrifice or feel uncomfortable.”  Every unbeliever we know needs Jesus and every believer we know needs to know Him and live for Him more, so let’s stop working so we can rest more and start working so others can find their soul’s rest in Jesus!

I hope that isn’t too heavy for the shower, but if it is, try it during your morning bagel.


About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

One response to “Vacation or Mission?

  • Ken Basinger

    Brent, That was hilariously convicting. The chief end of man was rightfully stated. To glorify god and enjoy him forever. I tend to stress the enjoy part while forgetting the context to glorify Him by my life and in the live of others. Thanks!

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