Mission Impossible

Ah yes, the old Mission Impossible theme song.

Remember when actor Peter Graves would get the instructions for his next mission from a tape recorder and off he went with his team and all their gadgets conquering evil?

The voice on the recorder always told him, “Here is your mission, should you decide to accept it.”

He always had the option, no one forced him. But think of all we would have missed if every week he opted to ignore his mission.


Reminds me of the fact that we were all given a mission at Baptism, that is to bring Christ to the world. But how we are called to do that is as different as there are people in the world.

Some are called to bring Christ to the world through their charisms of teaching, or encouragement, hospitality, or music. These charisms, or spiritual gifts, are the gadgets we need to fulfill our unique part in that mission.

And we too can choose to accept it or not. God doesn’t force us to. But think of what we miss and what the world misses every time we opt out of our mission.

What part of that mission has God gifted you for? How are you being asked to bring Christ to the world?

And most importantly, have you chosen to accept it?

Scripture Verses:

1 Corinthians 12:4-7
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Discussion Questions:

Do you believe you have been given a mission by God?

What do you think is your unique way of bringing Christ to the world?

What keeps you from accepting your mission?

If you knew you would be successful, what work for God would you pursue right now?

How could you bring Christ to your world today?



Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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