There is one thing that all humans long for. Deep down, there is something that makes our hearts beat loudly. We are different in many ways; our appearance, our personalities, where we live and work. There is one connecting thread in all of our lives though. We all have the desire to discover an adventure. In all of us, we catch ourselves imagining our lives as a movie. We imagine that we are the pirates that discover the buried treasure, or we are “Indiana Jones” finding the Ark of the Covenant. We love the adventure; it is instilled in all of our lives. When we wake up from our daydream, we are still in our same job, same house, and same old life. We have the same destination every day. Instead of climbing the Appalachian Mountains, we climb onto our sofa. Instead of discovering a cure to diseases that will save humanity, we discover that we need to eat “whole grain” because we have too many carbs in our diet. Instead of discovering the “Lost” treasure, we discover that we need to run to Wal-Mart to buy more toilet paper. We may dream of discovery, but we realize that we will never be Indiana Jones.
As Christians we feel that our walk with the Lord is the same. We feel that there is no great adventure or no discovery. Sure, maybe once in awhile there’s a great Sunday service that makes us feel different. Or we watch a YouTube clip of some kids in another country that need help, and we for a “little while” want to help. But that will go away after a tough day at the office. We may get moved emotionally, but deep down we know we won’t change. The reason why we feel that there won’t be an adventure is because we don’t know our task. If I asked you, “What is a Christian?” You would give me a generic answer about someone that loves God. That is great, and very much important as a Christian, but where’s the task? What’s the mission Captain? Where are we heading?
As Christians we have the greatest adventure of all time. I do not say this generically. I say it with excitement! The last words Jesus ever spoke to his disciples was not “try not to sin” or “be careful, there are bad people outside the church walls.” Matthew 28:18-20 says, “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.’”
Listen, our task, our goal, our mission, our assignment, our adventure is not safe. Jesus set before us the most crazy, scary, adventure known to man. You see the rest of the world can keep imagining. But he said, “GO” and that is the adventure. No longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me. Our mission is to be outward. To look for the lost. Our goal is to present the “cure” for the entire world. The cure is Jesus Christ. The world has an illness that needs the cure. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take the name of Jesus to your work place, to lay your hands on the sick and see them healed, to share Jesus even under persecution and to always be looking for the opportunities to present and give a cure to the sick. Let me remind you that this mission is not easy. Many have talked about it, but few have walked it. This message will self destruct in 5 seconds, good luck Christian.