Most businesses have a Mission Statement. It basically answers the question, “Why are you in business?” “Why are you here?” A good Mission Statement explains more than just what you do, it explains why you do it.
I saw this posted (no, I didn’t make it up – wish I had). There was no name on it, so I don’t know who to give credit to, but oh this hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it. Some days it’s so easy to lose sight of why you do what you do. This puts it in perspective.
CHURCH is my COLLEGE.
HEAVEN is my UNIVERSITY.
JESUS is my PRINCIPAL.
THE HOLY SPIRIT is my TEACHER.
ANGELS are my CLASS MATES.
THE BIBLE is my STUDY BOOK.
TRIAL & TEMPTATION are my EXAMS.
WINNING SOULS are my ASSIGNMENTS.
PRAYER is my ATTENDANCE.
CROWN OF LIFE is my DEGREE.
AND PRAISE & WORSHIP is my MOTTO.
What an amazing MISSION STATEMENT! Like all Christians, I’m aware that there is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain, but in this classroom of LIFE, what subjects should we focus on? What should be our major to get the CROWN OF LIFE degree?
I haven’t lived a long time (well, over half a century – wow, that’s depressing)… but the longer I live, the more important I believe it is to major in LOVE. God’s perfect AGAPE’ LOVE. It is impossible to love like that without God’s Holy Spirit at the helm of your heart, mind and spirit. It definitely does not come naturally – um… nope!
It’s so sad that in our world, God’s Agape’ Love is so misunderstood because our society has twisted love and sex together. Can we not love without sex? It’s ridiculous – of course we can! We are here to learn to love God and learn to love people. To learn all that, we need to attend class – we need to pray for God’s help, guidance and His will to be done in every circumstance and situation. Attend in prayer and ask the teacher to teach you… God’s Holy Spirit will give you wisdom, strength, courage and amazing love to deal with difficult people.
We’re here to love God and people. That’s about it. We aren’t capable of doing that on our own. Nope, we need help to be what we need to be. Study the Bible, attend classes, listen to the teacher and don’t be afraid to ask questions, take the tests and be anxious for nothing, accept help from your class mates and ace life. Then do it again tomorrow… and the day after tomorrow.
You thought all you had to do over and over again was go to the gym, didn’t you? No, your spiritual fitness is dependent on a faithful habit just as your physical fitness is. As you stay spiritually fit, remember your motto… PRAISE & WORSHIP! 🙂