John 20:21 says, “Again, Jesus said to me, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’” These words create excitement and anticipation regarding the mission and adventure of walking with God. Recently God reminded me that mission (being sent to the world) is what makes the Body of Christ thrive and grow. Our DNA as new covenant believers includes an appetite for the impossible, love for all people, and desire to see Jesus revealed to the world.

The good news is you do not work up the emotions to “want” to embrace a missional lifestyle; because in Christ, you’ve been given a DNA that joyfully embraces a life of mission! Your mission may start with your family, your street, your workplace, or group of friends. But I promise you, as you take baby steps of obedience you realize how infected you are with love for the world. If this idea appears foreign to you, I would encourage you to change your thinking (repent) and realize Jesus has placed His great heart of compassion and love for the world in you!

Reject all thoughts that intend to lead your mind to meditate on this truth being for someone else, or you don’t have time for reaching others, or that’s something for people with a special calling. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Notice how the battle manifests. Arguments (some translations say imaginations, theories, or reasonings), pretension (elevated structure – signifying pride), and thoughts. The enemy comes with lies to convince us what we can’t do, what we will fail at, or what might go wrong so lets not even try. In the end it is smoke and mirrors.

We move forward by remembering who Jesus is and what He has done and who we are now in light of Him. A component of our identity is we love to do the impossible. We love to love people. We love to let the Holy Spirit reveal Christ through our conversations with others. We love to risk and put it all on the line in God. This is our inheritance. This is our nature.

Don’t agree with the father of lies (John 8:44) whose only goal is to steal, kill, and destroy mankind through misinformation. Trusting God in living a missional life increases our satisfaction in life and releases an atmosphere of faith and hope when we gather as the people of God.

I love what Graham Cooke says about the church. “The Church is the only organization on the planet that exists for the benefit of it’s non-members.” Powerful and true. So, by God’s grace realize you have a missional DNA. You are full of joy and peace when contemplating living out this radical Kingdom life. Let’s change the world. This my friends is great news!

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