Who doesn’t love the classic 1980’s release of the movie, “The Blues Brothers” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd? Everyone who grew up in that era remembers the epic quotes from the movie, especially this one: “They won’t catch us, we’re on a mission from God.” Jake and Elwood Blues were on a mission to save the orphanage that they grew up in and it seemed nothing could stop them because… that’s right, they were “on a mission from God”.
The writers of this hilarious movie probably didn’t realize how closely the plot actually parallels scripture. Now, I’m certainly not suggesting that we go out and break the law or cheat “The Good Ole’ Boys” out of their gig at the local bar to fulfill our mission. But I do think we should take to heart what Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”… One translation actually reads, “If God is on our side, how can we ever lose?”
It’s the word of God that gives us perspective and clarity in life. It’s also where we receive vision that drives the mission. Proverbs 29:18 reads, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained”. Godly vision will always keep us focused on the mission, as opposed to having no vision at all for our lives, for our families and for our churches. Consequently we wind up all over the place… never fulfilling the mission. I like to say, “Where there is no vision, the only mission is omission.”
I love the vision that the City of Kaufman has expressed through their NEAT initiative. (Neighborhood Enhancement Action Teams)
Last year they were presented with the Municipal Excellence Award in City Spirit for cities with population under 25,000. The vision behind NEAT is a self-help beautification program that builds community assets, helps improve the quality of life of residents in need, but also serves as a valuable tool to help attract new development. Most importantly, it is neighbors helping neighbors. NEAT is simply… People on a mission. Like most churches, we invest thousands of dollars in global missions, and yet we would be most hypocritical if we only exported something globally that we were unwilling to do locally. NEAT is a great opportunity to partner with our city and other groups on a local mission through simple service.
The much needed rain recently pushed the previously scheduled NEAT event to this coming Saturday, October 18. I hope you will catch the vision of making Kaufman a better place and join with others who are on a mission this Saturday. Groups and individuals will be gathering as early as 7:30 a.m. in Shannon Park or you can contact the City of Kaufman to get involved.
Greg Richards is Lead Pastor at Life Church, located on the square in Kaufman. YourLifeChurch.com