Our journey this month has taken us through connected phases. We began with repentance. Repentance gives way to praise. Today our focus shifts to living it out. Or, in one word, mission. I’m not talking necessarily about places far and away that need to hear about Jesus. I’m simply talking about the people in your neighborhood, in your workplace, in your family, or in your church who need to see Jesus at work in your life. Praise and worship leads us to mission. How can anyone who loves Jesus enthusiastically exalt him as King on Sunday, then live like you are king the other six days of the week? Repentance always leads to praise that always leads to mission.

Live it out!

Mission is the living out of your faith in the private and public arenas of life. Naturally, the question that many people ask is how do I start?  Mission starts privately. You have to be a missionary to yourself. What does that mean? Every day preach the Gospel to yourself. Remind yourself that you were once lost. Remember that Jesus Christ entered the picture and saved you when you were still actively sinning against him.  Recall that Jesus didn’t require you to clean up before you were saved. Recount the many times that you have failed him since he saved you. Rejoice that because of the cross of Christ, none of them are held to your account!

If you don’t do this on a regular basis, you will slowly drift off course. Your efforts to live it out will lose spunk. You’ll know that you should be on mission, but the drive to actually do it wanes. If you want to be on mission publicly, you must be on mission privately with yourself every day!

Today’s verse is Philippians 4:8.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Start your mission to yourself with this. Focus your mind on things that are true. Not what-might’ve-been. Not speculation. Focus on truth. Fix your thoughts on honor.  Romans 12:10 actually tells us to outdo one another in showing honor. Justice. Purity. Beauty. Excellence. Anything that is worthy of praise. This is where you need to fix your thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 teaches that part of our fight is taking every thought captive. Choose to only think on those things that stir your passion for Jesus. It’s hard. That’s why it’s called a discipline. You must work at it.

Living it out begins with living it in. Be on mission with yourself, and that will fuel your mission into the public arena. Fan the flame of your passion this week by being on mission in your private world.

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