Morning Bible Studies 1/16/18

Topic: Personal Mission Statement

To start out this morning we reflected on yesterdays bible verse to “chew on”.

Ephesians 4:26

If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.

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We talked about the times during the day that we became angry.  Did we stay angry?  Did we handle the situation free from sin?

Well, the example that we both agreed to talk about as the highlight of the day took place at the car dealership.  The car was scheduled for an oil change and a tire rotation in order to prevent voiding the warranty.  Years ago, I would have just done the work myself, but those days are over.  Companies now figured out a way to make even more money.  It doesn’t cost $50 for me to change oil and surely it doesn’t cost a large manufacturer $50.  The company’s Mission statement says in part: “Supplying products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price for worldwide customer satisfaction.”  I suppose $50 is reasonable, and I am aware of the convenience of having the service center do the work, especially in the middle of winter.

The tire rotation was also included in the price.  While the car made its short voyage home, the “tire pressure” indicator warning light came on.  Instead of just going outside and checking the pressure and solving the problem, She asked that I call the service center and explain the problem.  The employee seemed to be frustrated that her day was interrupted and offered in a snide undertone that the cold weather caused the warning light and to bring the car back up to resolve it.  I shot back saying that the cold weather remained consistent for the hour that the vehicle was in service, that the manufacturer probably accounted for seasonal changes and that I assumed the tire air pressure should have been checked after the rotation… I wasn’t taking the car back up there! Angry.

My response to the employee was angry and my action was the sin.  I sinned by matching their snideness and hanging up the phone on them.  Instead, I could have handled it better.  It did not cause us to stay angry, however, it did lead us into our bible study this morning.

Mission statements vary by company, and if you search for them on the internet, you will see extremely well-written mission statements.  I read through them and am amazed at the eloquent, sophisticated promises of customer satisfaction, doing good, helping people, service friendly, etc., etc.  I don’t believe that the employee in the example above had ever read the companies’ mission statement and if they did, they surely didn’t buy into it.  We see this every day.  If people (including myself) made a personal mission statement, what would it be? Would we buy into it? Or would we only be able to write something eloquent and then go on about our business in the same old fashion?

I have to look at my own “mission” and ensure that I “buy into it”.  I do this daily.  For example, I pray constantly that my purpose for writing this blog is with the genuine (or earnest) goal of helping at least one person and not for ulterior reasons.  I know that my focus (or Mission) is to “do good” and “help others”.  I must think before I take each action – will this do good for others, or will this do good for just me?  Sometimes I get trapped up in the numbers – how many visits and how many likes can I get in one day?  This is prideful and a sin.  It does not put people first, it puts me first.  If I believe that I want to “help others”, my intent had better be pure and I must think hard before putting pen to paper.  Motives that are selfish will fail. Pride will cause failure (Proverbs 16:18), not only failure of myself but the failure of the others that I originally intended to help.

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Paul, the key player in establishing the early church, had a strategy and a mission. It is obvious in reading the accounts of his missionary journeys that Paul chose key cities in which to establish a launch for ministry. He chose cities where he would “help people and do good” delivering the Good News to the largest number of people. Ephesus, for example, was the gateway to Asia Minor.  Pauls mission was given to him by God Himself and Paul “bought into it” no doubt.  He is an awesome example of truly sticking to the Mission no matter what.

Pauls mission statement could be:

Acts 18:9

One night Paul had a vision in which the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid, but keep on speaking and do not give up,

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Acts 23:11

That night the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Don’t be afraid! You have given your witness for me here in Jerusalem, and you must also do the same in Rome.”

 

We finished our Bible study this morning walking away thinking of our mission.  It was a great time we shared and I am calmer for it.  Full of hope and focused on the day ahead.  The scripture picked to “chew on” for the day is:

Luke 10:2

He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.

What is your Mission?  Have a great day!

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