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Define Misson

The prophet Micah helps us define mission in this way; to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

We shape our lives by how we define words such as kindness, justice, and humility. We define words by identifying essentials, setting boundaries, and focusing on specific qualities. Our personal definitions are clearly displayed through our words and, mainly, our actions.

I want to challenge you to define mission. If you are at a loss on how to define mission in your life, answer this question: What makes you say “yes” when everyone else says “no?

Consider these mission definitions:

  • To serve love

  • Outreach to others

  • Fancy term for being a fisher of men

  • Do good, share love, and bring joy

  • Anytime you share God's love with other people

  • Tour guide, showing them the way

  • Putting your faith into action

  • Mission means vision of attaining the goals of eternity

  • Service with a purpose

  • Christian mission is an interaction between Christian individuals and others in which beneficial humanitarian work by the Christians helps the others to understand Christ's love.

For some people, mission is the investment of their time and skills to roof a house for a neighbor in need. For others, mission unfolds through playing an instrument, providing pro-bono counseling, or preaching the good news. For still others, mission involves tutoring math after school, teaching budget skills, or showing a person how to grow the best tomato. The mission possibilities in meeting a need in the world are endless.

If you are a person of faith, be sure to include words that display the transforming love of God in your life—for Christians, thoughts and actions rest in Christ’s identity. Once you define life within the context of faith, you will know which options to embrace and which to decline in your faith journey.

As God’s love takes root in your life, it expands and overflows into the lives of others. Watch how faithful love leads your humble steps toward justice in the world.

Spiritual Resources


Hear what the Lord says:

Rise, plead your case before the mountains,

and let the hills hear your voice.

Hear, you mountains, the case of the Lord,

and you enduring foundations of the earth,

for the Lord has a case against his people,

and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?

In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

For I brought you up from the land of Egypt

and redeemed you from the house of slavery,

and I sent before you Moses,

Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,

what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,

that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

“With what shall I come before the Lord

and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good,

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice and to love kindness

and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:1-8, New Revised Standard Version





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