In Part 1 of this series, I shared that Philippians 2:1-11 shows that Jesus Christ is the greatest missionary of all and that as His followers today, we must look to His example in regards to developing a missionary mindset. In Part 2 and Part 3, we learned that, like Jesus, we must count the cost when it comes to being on mission for Him and humbly put others before ourselves. In today’s post, let’s examine how Jesus was fully obedient to the mission that God had given to Him.
In verse 8, Paul says, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” We rightly celebrate Christmas as a very important holiday, because we celebrate the fact that Jesus accepted the mission that God had assigned to Him. Yet, His birth is only the beginning of His very difficult and dangerous mission. From His birth, people tried to kill Him. He faced many insults, false accusations, and temptations. Yet throughout His life, He remained completely obedient to the Father and His mission.
And the ultimate act of obedience is the cross. We are comfortable with a baby in a manger. But, many people often forget or neglect the fact that the baby grew into a man who was tortured, beaten, and crucified on a wooden cross. It is on the cross when Jesus completes His mission that he declares, “It is finished.” So, while the birth of Christ is an event to be celebrated, there was still much work to be done.
And there is still much work to be done for us today. Jesus’ work is finished (John 17:4). Yet, the work that He started has been passed down to us. He said in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” He has given us the Great Commission, the command to make disciples of all nations. So, the question for each believer to answer is if we will be obedient to the mission that God has given to us? For Jesus, the choice was simple even in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Not as I will, but as you will.” Obedience to the Father mattered more to Jesus than everything else in heaven and earth, including His personal comfort. May the same be said of us, His followers!
Are there any areas in which you are being disobedient to the Lord in regards to His mission? Is He leading you to share the gospel with someone? Is He leading you to sacrificially give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering? Is He leading you to go on a short-term or full-time mission assignment? Is He leading you to begin a missions ministry in your church? Whatever it is that He is leading you to do, be obedient!