Called for a Purpose: How ‘Mission’ Will Help You Find Your Way

Are you seeking for something in your life? Do you feel lost at times?

I always fall for used books.

Every time I come across a stall with books displayed, and I see the mark down prices, I can’t help but be lured. There’s that thrill of the possibility of finding a really good book at a cheap price. So, I go through each shelf as if looking for treasure beneath piles of low quality books (disclaimer: books that don’t appeal to me). Most of the time I end up not buying anything — yet there are times that I get a good find! When I do, I rejoice!

I remember the Gospel of the parable of the lost sheep:

What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ Lk 15:4-6

Most of us would think its illogical to look for the lost one, unless the lost one is us!

We’re a little like the used books. We’ve been bought and are used for a purpose. The price is the blood of Christ, and the purpose is to reach Heaven. Yet, we hide from the One who owns us under piles of junk that cover our true worth. Well, Jesus is the adamant used books seeker — determined to find you — and He won’t stop until He does.

Will you make it hard for Jesus to find you?

If you’ve been found, your role now is to emulate the One who found you — to seek others who are covered underneath the lies and deceit of worldly lures. This is the thrill of mission: to live for a higher purpose of seeking the lost, and showing them their true worth.

Perhaps, this is something you’re looking for: purpose.

What does having a mission in life mean? What does it take to be a person with a purpose — to be a missionary?

Here’s the thing. Right from our baptism, we were anointed for mission. There are three: the priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. In fact, we are sharers in this three-fold mission of Jesus.

1. In the priestly mission we are to be instruments of bridging God and man through reconciliation and worship.

2. In the prophetic mission, our task is to witness and proclaim the Gospel.

3. In the kingly mission, we are to be a servant, dedicating our lives for service especially to the least, last and the lost.

Talking about books, I’m a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I see that Frodo plays the role of a priest because he is the one “carrying the burden” of the ring; and is tasked to destroy it. Just like Jesus who carries the burden of sin for all mankind and offers himself as the innocent sacrifice in order to reconcile us with the Father. I see that Gandalf is like a prophet. He provides wisdom, encouragement and guidance. The King, Aragorn, “returns” by way of a humble path and serves others towards peaceful existence, just as how he brought together the feuding elves and dwarves.

Perhaps, we may reflect:

  1. How am I as a priest? Am I willing to make sacrifices in order for good to reign?
  2. How am I as a prophet? Do I strive to become a good witness and provide the right guidance for others?
  3. How am I as a king? Do I serve with humility and seek peace in relationships?

With these roles bestowed upon us at baptism and strengthened in confirmation, we are empowered to seek the lost. We just have to be reminded that we too were once lost and have been found.

We also know that in our stage of life, we too in varying degrees, get lost and confused, and in constant need of a guide who can help show the way.

This is why we feel lost at times: we forget. 

We forget our purpose, our identity, our destination. We are baptized so we can enter Heaven, to share in Christ’s glory, and with that, to share in his ministry and mission. Each time we receive Christ in the Eucharist, we are reminded of our priestly, prophetic and kingly mission, and therefore we find our way again.

The Good Shepherd is calling and we recognize His voice. We have the choice to hide, but there’s nothing like being back in His arms again.

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