When you come to understand what life is all about – knowing Christ, living for Christ and sharing Christ – you are brought to a level of conviction wherein you are more than willing to endure anything and everything for the sake of love and mission. God has called me to an amazing life – to go where He leads me to, to do what He asks of me, to believe that He can make the impossible happen through me, and to enduringly love everyone the way He did. To live out this call is my reason for breathing and my way of life right now and I thank God for this privilege that He has planted deep in my heart. My prayer is that I may grow in this calling more and more each day.
We do mission for the sake of love. Love fuels mission. And because mission is driven by love, it certainly entails sacrifices as true and genuine love means sacrifice. I have come to understand that it is when I sacrifice for the mission (both in the little and big things in life) when I can truly say that I am living for and living out the mission. It is when I give out myself for the sake of the mission that I am able to really love. For me, mission is living my life in gratitude for His love that has renewed my heart and being able to spend the rest of my life loving Him in return by aligning the whole of myself to His will. Out of His love I am called, and out of my love for Him I will live out this calling and mission to become Him to this world.
In my life and in my experience of mission (most especially this year when things have not been that easy), God has been giving me clear glimpses into an understanding of His wisdom about the essence of Him being my God and me being His child. In my daily striving to fulfill God’s calling in my life, I have realized that it is only Him that matters and now that I know this, I desire to invest all of my mind, heart and soul unto Him.
Why do I live for this mission? Why do I do it even if it is difficult? Why do I endure despite the sacrifices? Why do I do what I do when sometimes what I do does not make human sense to me anymore? Why do I strive to choose Christ and to choose to love every moment of my life? Because I have understood what life is all about – knowing Christ, falling more and more in love with Him, living for Him and sharing Him to everyone else.
In deep conviction and faith, I believe that nothing is put in vain for all things work for good for those who love and serve Him. I have witnessed this myself and I am in joyful anticipation for the much more exciting life that He is yet to make me see and experience. There is a beautiful plan yet to happen. There is a beautiful promise waiting to be fulfilled. God is faithful and I believe that all these will come to happen at His perfect time and by His perfect wisdom. This is the best life ever and I will boldly proclaim in love through this life long mission that I am called to that there is certainly no other way to live but in Christ.
What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive… And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of Him. (Ecclesiastes 3:9-14)
Joy Aguila (YFL Metro Manila, FTW)