OnMISSION: The Radical Call

 

Living OnMISSION is to continue the mission of Jesus Christ by living as His body through whom God reveals His glory so that people might be transformed and mobilized on Christ’s mission. This is God’s purpose for His church. There is nothing else for which the church should live. We want every church fulfilling God’s purpose. That is why the OnMISSION Initiative is the challenge for every Evangelical Church to live OnMISSION.

 

For each church to live OnMISSION the people must be prepared to answer the one call that is essential for living OnMISSION. This call is the most radical call one will ever have to fulfill in their lifetime. It is not radical because it is different, weird, crazy, strange, or far out. It is radical because it changes everything. Radical refers to the origin or root of something. This call is radical because it goes to the root. it will change who we are.

 

This call is comprised in only two words. It is very simple, but not easy. It was repeated by Jesus several times to many different people. It is the call of Jesus to:

 

Follow Me.

 

When the rich young ruler ran to Jesus in search of eternal life, Jesus responded with this call, “Follow Me.” We know that He told Him to sell everything He had and give it to the poor, but that by itself was not what would bring eternal life. Giving up his riches was the needed preparation to answer the call that would lead to eternal life. Jesus was calling him to a radical change in his life. He was being called to radically reorient his life. Until this moment his life was totally oriented to pleasing himself. To find eternal life Jesus was calling him to a new orientation of life. He was calling him to leave a life of self-pleasing to live a life totally devoted to following Him. “Follow me” is the path to eternal life.

 

This call is radical because what it requires changes everything. “Follow me” requires faith where there previously was no faith. We must believe that Jesus is God’s Messiah. It requires repentance. We acknowledge our life has been lived in the wrong direction. We have lived a life in sin, oriented to pleasing our self. Now we must radically reorient our life pleasing Him. It requires consecration. We must so radically give our self to Jesus that our life no longer belongs to us. Everything is His. It requires holiness. We must be remade in His image. It requires us to love with His love. Before Jesus, love is all about our self. Now love is about Him and others.

 

The radical change brought about in our life that comes from answering this radical call was described by Paul in the following scriptures. In Galatians 2:20 he says,

 

I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me and the life that I now live, I live by faith in the Son who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

And in Philippians 3:7-9:

  

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith...

 

Answering the call to follow Jesus meant a radical commitment for Paul. His life would no longer belong to him. The life he now lived was the life of Jesus being lived through him. It meant that Paul laid aside everything that was valuable to him. Before following Jesus, life was all about Paul. Now life is all about knowing Jesus. This was a radical change that came from a radical commitment to answer the radical call.

 

The radical commitment required to answer the radical call is not just for the extra zealous Christian, like Paul. The radical commitment is required of everyone who wants to follow Jesus. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

The radical call that requires a radical commitment is the path to eternal life and the key to living OnMISSION. Living as the body of Christ to continue His mission is impossible if we are not willing to give our life to follow Him. The only way The Evangelical Church can fulfill God’s purpose is if we will make the radical commitment to answer the radical call. The focal point of the OnMISSION Initiative is that every church is radically committed to following Jesus.

 

This sounds very simple. It is. But, it is not easy because it is radical. A radical commitment to answer this radical call will change everything. Are you ready for a radical change?

 

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