The following is the introduction to the workshop that I (Kevin) gave on clarifying personal mission.
- Everyone is called to love God and love their neighbor as themselves. There is not an exception to this. (Matthew 22:37-38)
- Throughout scripture God shows preferential treatment for the “least of these” and the poor. Every disciple, therefore must look to Christ in this example and be living a life continually that serves the poor. (Matthew 25:31-46)
- Every disciple is part of the church, and therefore each person’s personal mission must not go against that of the Bride of Christ, but be used to help the mission of the Church grow. (Romans 12:5)
- Context determines mission. One cannot abandon the rules of context for the sake of their mission, but rather, the mission must correspond to the context in which you’ve been given. (1 Corinthians 9:20)
o For instance, a married person cannot abandon his/her family physically, spiritually or emotionally and effectively carry out mission.While there are many times that creativity is needed, one must exercise that creativity with a full and good knowledge of context.