John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Jesus is praying to the Father here! He acknowledges first that the Father sent Him into the world. This is a tremendous missionary prayer.
He was sent far from home. He was sent into a very foreign and wicked culture. He came to live a very sacrificial life. He came to live a holy life in an unholy world. He came to share the Words of His Father. He came to seek and save that which was lost. He came to do exactly what His Father wanted even if it meant suffering and dying at the hands of the very ones He came to save.
He then tells the Father that He is sending us in the same way He was sent. Granted He is actually talking about the disciples that He had with Him but He mentions those that will believe because of their testimony also. We are those that have believed.
This brings lots of questions to my mind. Do we feel like we have been sent on a mission by the Father, by the Lord Jesus Christ?
Do we try to communicate a heavenly message to a very this worldly group of people?
Do we live holy lives in a very unholy world?
Are we willing to pay whatever price that He has for us to pay?
Do we live in the light of eternity or do we place so much importance in the things of this world that no one would ever get the idea we were here on a mission?
Do you feel like, think of yourself, or believe that you really are here on a mission?
When is the last time you asked God what He wanted you to do with your time, talents, future, money, etc?
Sent like Him doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that we are living like Him or like He would want us to live.
I challenge you today to consider your life in the light of His mission that He has for you!