The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed/sent Me to
• Preach the gospel to the poor
• Heal the brokenhearted
• Proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind
• Set at liberty those who are oppressed
• Proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
Recently while reading Luke 4:18-19 NKJV, I was struck with the thought that Jesus was publically announcing the mission statement of His newly launched ministry. As “co-workers with God” and “labourers in His service” (1 Cor. 3:9 KJV & NIV, ©2010 respectively), we commit to support and meet established mission values and the goals of the Lord’s great commission with our talents, skills and experience.
In corporations all departments, events, projects are defined and shaped by the mission statement. Should short-term mission trips be any different in Kingdom business? I believe they should undergird the same focus and direction just as Jesus proposed when He read Isaiah 61:1-2 in the synagogue. To emphasize the point, we overhear the CEO (Jesus) say to the Founder (God), “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” John 17:18 NKJV
How do we accomplish the mission set before us?
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Zech. 4:6b NKJV
KESHER TIP: Prune before growth begins.
Most gardeners agree the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring. So before your mission trips get underway, review your short-term missions goals and direction to determine if they still align with God’s vision for you in the current season. “He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. And he trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.” John 15:2 NCV
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