The Most Important Mission
April 2, 2021
Themost important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace. Acts 20:24 NCV
It doesn’t matter what your gifts are. It doesn’t matter what your calling is. It doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old, highly educated or a self-taught follower. If you are a Jesus-
follower, the most important thing in life for you now is that you complete the mission Jesus has given you.
Your mission is the same one that Paul had; the same one that every Jesus-follower has been given. We are to tell people the Good News about God’s grace. Our gifts and calling and all of our other characteristics and distinctives will help shape the way we do it, but the mission itself is the same. We use our gifts, talents, and personalities to connect with others, but sharing the Good News is the mission.
In 2007 Tony Dungy became the first black coach to win the Super Bowl. He and his friend Lovie Smith were both African-American coaches for that hard-fought game. Dungy said that in the last minutes of the game when he became aware that his Colts were going to win, he knew that in just moments he would have dozens of microphones in front of him, asking him what it felt like to be the first to accomplish this monumental feat. He said that the main concern on his mind in those moments was “how can I use this moment to give glory to God and share the good news about God’s grace.”
As his team celebrated, Dungy switched his blue Colts cap for a white one that read, “NFL champions'' and walked to midfield, where he and Smith exchanged words and a hug. They were a page-one story throughout Super Bowl week, discussing daily the laid-back personalities and Christian faith they share, as well as their groundbreaking success. "I'm proud to be the first African-American coach to win this," Dungy said during the trophy ceremony. "But again, more
than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African American but also Christian coaches, showing that you can do it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that."
In the days that followed, over and over Coach Dungy expressed his faith in Jesus Christ, the good news that changed his life. Later as a sportscaster he did the same thing. He was and is always appropriate and never pushy, but in everything he does, he keeps his mission the main thing. He takes every opportunity to share the good news of God’s grace.
- Wherever life has placed you is your platform to share the Good News. It’s your mission. How can you share today?