Station 5: Mission
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” John 17:18
In Jesus’ ministry, he spent time with all types of people, from all different walks of life and invited them all to be a part of God’s story—stressing that all are welcome in God’s kingdom. The kingdom of God, like this tile mosaic, is beautiful because of its inclusive diversity.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:36-39
How are you doing with loving God (choosing God’s purposes and God’s interests) above all else? How are you doing with loving others (choosing their best interests over your own selfish interest), particularly the others you disagree with? How are you doing with loving yourself (seeing yourself as God does: forgiven and unconditionally loved), rather than beating yourself up for past mistakes you can’t change?
Ask God to help you live daily the great commandment: loving God with everything you have and loving others—all others, regardless of who or what they are—while you truly seek to love yourself—seeing the person in the mirror through the eyes of God’s eternal love for you.
About the Art
William Rose is a figurative/portrait artist who mainly works in oil, and has a national following. His clients include Texas A&M, the Kansas City Royals, Clint Eastwood, the Archer Foundation, and H&R Block. He has private collectors nationwide. In 2016 William created the renowned mural Forever Royal celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series title.