Day 2 from “Restore the Roar” Devo:
Every man is given a mandate. When we say a mandate we are not talking about you and your buddy going to grab a coffee or attending a sporting event together; no, that’s not a mandate. By definition, a mandate is an official order given to fulfill a mission and the authority to carry it out. From the very beginning, God has been issuing mandates. We see with Adam, God commissioned him to work the Garden of Eden and to be “fruitful and multiply.” God also gave Adam dominion and authority over all living creatures. God continues to issue a mandate to every man to be the protector and provider of his family.
For the Christian, the mandate from God resounds all the louder. God mandates His followers to not only be providers and protectors but to be priests and prophets to their family. God is mandating the Christian man to point his family to Christ in all that he says and in all that he does. A man’s family is always his first and foremost mission and ministry.
A Christian man following in the footsteps of Christ should realize that Christ himself was a “man on a mission” and mandate from Heaven. Jesus boldly proclaimed His mandate and why he manifested on Earth when He read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah as He read “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news…” Jesus was mandated to declare that the Kingdom of God had come from Heaven to Earth to proclaim the good news that the oppressed are free and the blind can see.
In essence, the mission of Jesus was to destroy the works of the devil and darkness. As His disciples, that very mandate was commissioned onto us when Jesus instructed us to…“Go into all the world” and tell of this Good News and light up the darkness. When a man knows his mission and mandate, he can walk with power and authority knowing why he is here and what he is called to be doing. Our mission and mandate as Godly men is simple…to know Christ and to make Him known. He promised to give us the power (roar) to carry out the mandate.
Do you feel as if you have been fulfilling the Great Commission of the Gospel?
What do think your personal mission is for your life?
What excuse or distraction is keeping you from completely fulfilling the mandate/mission?