Don’t you know that a mission in life determines whether you really live in a meaningful way or not?
If you want to be successful and significant in whatever you want to become, to do or to have, you cannot step away from having a life mission.
This can’t be as hard as doing the XXX or Mission Impossible stuff. Let me share what are the simple but important benefits of having a mission in life.
1. Give a Substantial Cause for Your Life.
Imagine if you have lived without a sense of purpose. How would you feel when you see that your life is meaningless?
It’s either you find your important reason or take your time to enjoy and let die. In fact, some could not prolong meaningless life anymore and have committed suicide.
Having a mission is about possessing an important assignment. It could be a political, commercial or religious cause in nature. A person without mission is like a soldier without a mission or a politician without a spine or stand.
A classic example of having a mission as an operation is David in the Bible. “Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.”
Whether you like this or not, the truth is the same. Your life mission ultimately defines what really success is to you.
If you don’t have a mission, you could not define what success means for you. You won’t know if you achieve something really important or nothing at all.
2. Gain a Sense of Calling to Succeed.
A mission is usually a given command or something that compelled you to carry out something that matters. There is a strong sense of duty to become who you really are meant to be, to do something significant, and have success.
I’m reminded of the old Prophet Isaiah. He said, “The Lord’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose…I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.”
The truth is, your mission in life is directly related to your divine calling. You were chosen and called by God to become what He wants you to be, to do what He desires you to perform, and to have what you can use to be successful in your missions.
If the person lives without life mission, then he or she has no sense of purpose and direction. That person is someone who abandons the mission and possibility for real success. Like someone drifting in a blue ocean is the one who has no mission in life.
3. Get the Satisfaction of Completing the Mission.
For example, Joshua, the assistant of Moses and became a tribal leader and soldier, affirmed his mission-minded and action team.
“For a long time now—to this very day—you [the tribe of Reuben] have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the Lord your God gave you. Now that the Lord your God has given them rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan.”
Having a clear mission gives you a point of reference of where you are coming from. It will also give you direction of where to go and how to get there. As such, you will clearly know when and how did you achieve your mission.
The power of completing a mission lies in the fact that it gives you satisfaction and significance in life, before going home. And every soldier must have a home to return to.
The same is true when missionaries like Barnabas and Saul who “finished their mission.” After completing their mission trip “they returned from Jerusalem” to wherever they belong, in the arms of their loved ones. Of course, you have to see ahead of the futility of success without your family.
For soldiers, a mission is like having operations. For Christian believers, there is “The Great Commission” of sharing the good news of Jesus and to “go and make disciples.” Upon this mission lies the success or failure of the church in this generation.
How about you, can you take time and clearly define what you ought to do in life? What is it?
Finally, is it something significant to you, for your family, on others, and to God?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017