Some people never fail to astonish me.  I was talking to a Christian brother not too long ago who said he didn’t believe Start Trek was Godly because it was socialist…

For the sake of time and my own sanity (and all the other reasons we could trash one of my favorite TV series) I’m not going to get into that one, but there’s one thing that is absolutely 100% Godly about the age old Science Fiction franchise: they have a mission.

“Its mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

God does this thing where He commissions us to perform specific tasks.  Isaiah was called to “make the heart of this people fat” as he prophesied the impending invasion.  Jesus was commissioned to go to the Cross.  Paul was commissioned to spread the gospel and witness to Caesar.  Billy Graham was commissioned to spread the gospel, and ever person who was ever created was done so with a specific destiny and a specific commission.

Ever repeat a word so many times it starts to sound weird?  That’s happening with me and “commission” right now but it is the perfect word for this instance because it is derived from the latin commisio which means “to send with a purpose.”  In English the word is used to describe a person or group charged with a specific task and given special authority to carry it out.  That’s why Acts 1:8 is often referred to as “the great commission” because Jesus grants his followers special power and authority to carry out a special task.

“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, Samaria, and to the very ends of the earth.”

What important to notice here, is that we’re each given the opportunity to figure out how exactly we do that.  For me, it’s about openly worshiping the Lord on this blog.  It’s about using the talents I have to fulfill this task set for me.  My personal mission statement (which I encourage everyone to come up with) is the kind of thing that gives me the focus and the grounding touchstone to keep moving forward.

My Mission (at least on this blog), is to praise the LORD through the deliberate and persistent study of His word and the application of that study to real life circumstances.

Do you have a personal mission statement?  What do you need to create one?