“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18).
Jesus was sent into the world to fulfill a mission. A mission is defined as a goal or purpose accompanied by strong conviction. Over and over again we read in the gospels about Jesus’ focus on His purpose. His strong conviction came from His knowledge that He was the only one who could fulfill the mission. If he failed, there were no other options. Thus, He was willing to do whatever it took to complete the task. It was no easy task. His mission ultimately led Him to a Roman cross where He would be crucified. Experiencing tremendous pain on the cross, He was still focused on His mission when He offered salvation to a thief and prayed for His enemies. He was finally able to say before He took His last breath, “It is finished.” Jesus finished the work that He was sent here to do.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave His disciples a mission as well. We are commanded to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). We have been sent. Like Jesus, we too must have a strong conviction about our mission. We cannot allow ourselves to become distracted or disinterested from the task before us. How are you fulfilling your mission? Are you proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ?