Our God is a missional God who works. Jesus reminds us that the Father is always at work and that He too is working (see John 5:17). Because we are created in His image, we too are to have a missional mindset that sets a context for our life and leadership.
In the past two blogs, we have looked at how Jesus communicated His mission-task to those around Him. For three and one-half years He executed His mission and then, having completed it, returned to His Father. Below are some of the passages that show the completion of that world-changing mission.
John 13:1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
John 17:6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
John 17:8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
John 17:14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
It’s not enough to know your God-assigned mission or task. And it’s not even enough to begin to work at it. We must complete or finish the mission that we begin. Paul’s exhortation to Archippus is a great reminder – Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.” (Colossians 4:17 NIV 1984)