However, though this is the mission every believer should pursue, it won’t look exactly the same for every child of God. We can see analogies for this reality in many aspects of life. An army that is on a military campaign will have some soldiers that handle communications, some that fire large artillery pieces, some that drive trucks, some that fly helicopters and so on. The army is not just a large group of riflemen. They all have different ways of contributing to the army’s mission. I saw this in another context when Laurie was in the hospital. The mission of the medical personnel was to care for and hopefully aid in the healing of sick and hurting people. Yet they all contributed to that goal in different ways. There were nurses who prepared patients for surgeries, doctors who administered anesthetics, surgeons who performed operations, nurses who cared for patients who were sick or recovering, orderlies who moved patients around, housekeepers who prepared beds and delivered food, and many more. All serve the same mission, but they do it in different ways.
So how do I know what that mission is? The answer to that is to simply desire to do whatever I can that will help fulfill God’s great mission. The thing that most frequently gets us off track from that mission is to become obsessed with self. It is when we get concerned with whether people notice what we are doing or with whether we are “successful” as the world defines it or whether we are getting the credit and approval we desire that we drift off the real mission. When that happens we will inevitably lose a sense of personal mission and create all kinds of problems for ourselves and for others. This happened in Corinth, where the focus when it came to gifts was all on self. Paul’s answer to their problems was to show them a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). That most excellent way was to love others.
When we focus on serving God however he wants us to without regard to personal interests or goals, he will use us as he sees fit. We likely won’t even be especially aware of it as he moves us into the ministries that God wants us to carry out. We will simply be able to serve him. But in order to stay on mission we must do a couple of things. We must focus on being faithful rather than on having the “success” the world would have us look at, and we must not concern ourselves with what others are doing. We must not demand that others serve the same mission that God has given us. When we simply serve God with all our heart he will use us as he sees fit and we will find great freedom and peace as we focus on just being faithful to him with all our heart.