Mission: Mis·sion, (mi-shən), from the Latin missio:
- Noun – specific task with which a person or a group is charged.
- Verb: to send on or entrust with a mission.
Acts 1:8 – “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus’ words in the first chapter of Acts are clear. Each one of us has been charged with a specific task: to be his witnesses in the world around us. He has entrusted and sent us out to tell others about his magnificent love.
Commission: com·mis·sion, (kə-ˈmi-shən), from Latin commissio :
- Noun – a: authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another b: a task or matter entrusted to one as an agent for another
- Verb – to order or request (someone) to make or do something
Matthew 28:18–20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This passage, known as the Great Commission, is obvious. Jesus not just has the authority, he has ordered us to go out and help others become disciples/followers. We are all commissioned by our savior to go and tell.
Ambassador: am·bas·sa·dor (am-ˈba-sə-dər), from Anglo-French ambassateur:
- Noun – an authorized representative or messenger
2 Corinthians 5:19–20 – God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
There is no ambivalence in God’s word. We are his representatives on earth. He has entrusted each of us with the message or his grace so people can be saved.
Witness: wit·ness (ˈwit-nəs), from Old English witness:
- Noun – a person who sees something (such as a crime) happen, one who has personal knowledge of something.
1 John 1:1–3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.
It can’t get much plainer that that. You don’t have to memorize a set of doctrines or be able to give a theological discourse. Jesus simply expects you and I to tell others what we have experienced, the new life we have found in him.
You don’t have to go to a foreign country to be a missionary. You can simply go next door or to the store or even talk with a family member. We are all his witnesses, all commissioned to go, all his representatives, and we all have new life to share.