O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
In business school, we were encouraged and taught about how every organization or business should have a “Mission Statement.” A mission statement, by my recollection and definition, was encouraged to be a short, intentional, memorable phrase that encapsulates the purpose for the organization’s existence and unifies those within the organization to work together toward the organization’s primary function or goal.
At Redeemer, we Grow in Christ, Share His Word, and Care for All. This is our mission and our purpose. Anything we do should fall within the category of achieving or fulfilling this mission. If anything we are doing works against this mission, it should be cut out and abandoned.
A few months ago, I was encouraged to consider not an organizational mission, but a personal one. “What is your personal mission statement?” a mentor asked me. I must admit I had not really thought much about it before then, and to be honest I haven’t quite simplified it or nailed it down perfectly to this day. However, a few weeks ago, when I read Psalm 71:17-19, it was as if God handed me my own mission on a platter, and said “why use your own words, when mine will always suffice.” The Psalmist says “O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” By the power of the Holy Spirit, allow this to be my anthem. By God’s grace, may this be my mission, to proclaim the almighty power of God to the next generation!
Perhaps these words don’t speak as clearly to you as they did to me. Perhaps you would phrase things differently. Perhaps a different passage of scripture provides you with a mission of your own. This is good. This is excellent. Find that Word from God. Find your mission. Use the words of God. Put them into practice!
As for me – I want you to know – and every generation to know, that our God is more powerful than any force of nature, national leader, any political party, any media resource, and any electronic device! Our God reigns forever as King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. If you want to know more about him – send me an email sometime at email@example.com so we can chat some more. I would love to learn more about you. I would love to share the power of Jesus with the next generation!
Powerful God. Send me out on mission to proclaim your excellencies to every generation. Fill me with your power and your Holy Spirit. May all I do glorify your name. Amen.
Written by: Pastor Koenig