Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mission possible!

Today’s Reading: John 20:20b-21 (NIV)

20b The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord! 21 Again, Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

Good morning!

In 1966, our family would gather around the black and white Motorola television set to watch our favorite show together. Do you remember seeing the original Mission Impossible series? The story follows the mission of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a team of secret agents employed by the US government to combat criminal activity around the world. Occasionally, the IMF would conduct private covert operations for the benefit of its own team.

The director of the IMF was the only constant role that remained throughout the series, even when it was brought back in the 1988-90 revival. Who could forget the leadership styles of Dan Briggs and Jim Phelps? A variety of multi-talented and versatile agents were hired to do the hard work. No two agents were exactly alike. Unique personalities bonded even with their own quirky mannerisms and giftedness, as they accomplished what seemed to be an impossible feats of valor. I decided right in front of that television set that one day, I would apply for the position of secret agent Cinnamon Carter.

Would you like to participate in the greatest commission ever? Want to experience the resurrection power in your life? If so, I have Good News to share! We have been employed by the greatest leader of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to rescue the lost. Just as Jesus was sent by the Father to complete what seemed to be a mission impossible, He now sends you and me out into the world each day to share His commission with the world. We are as unique as the disciples that gathered behind locked doors. They were afraid of the Jews. They were afraid of the Romans. They didn’t know what to do next, where to go, and they did NOT want to unlock the door. Jesus gave them the key when He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It is in Christ’s Holy Spirit that we are one team, we are One in Him. Though we who are many, are One in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have been duly commissioned and we have His power to succeed. What more could we possibly ask for or need? Will you accept your mission possible today?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO



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