By Erin Davis
None of us who watched in horror as the events of 9/11 unfolded will ever forget the first responders. Of the 2,977 victims who died that fateful day, more than 412 were emergency workers who showed up to help. This graphic memory is a picture of what it means to be called to ministry.
We aren’t just Bible teachers.
We’re more than event planners.
We aren’t simply leaders.
We are first responders.
For Those of Us Called to Ministry, Our Mission Is Triage
We’re all prone to mission drift. It’s so easy to forget why we’re serving in the first place. That’s why I’m so grateful Jesus delivered such a succinct mission statement:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18–20).
Turn non-disciples into disciples.
Teach God’s Word to disciples.
No matter how you serve specifically, this is the mission. Make disciples. Teach God’s Word. Rinse and repeat until Christ returns.
But if we walk through the halls of our churches often, we can forget how absolutely necessary this is. People who don’t know Jesus are rightly described as “lost” (Luke 19:10). Like victims of a disaster, left dazed and confused by their trauma, women who don’t know Jesus are wandering in the darkness of their sin. They are the walking wounded, hemorrhaging because of sin and death. Without Jesus, they will bleed out.
The Church is God’s Plan A to deliver the gospel message to the world. There is no Plan B. May we never become so “saved,” that we forget what it means to be lost.
When we plan our events so that only church ladies come . . .
When we host “closed groups” that prioritize inclusion over outreach . . .
When we don’t prioritize reaching women who are different, disillusioned, and seeking . . .
We forget we are the first responders. Our primary mission is to rush toward those who are dead in their sins and trespasses.
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Source: Church Leaders