Scripture Reading: Ezra 7:1–10
A. In order to succeed in any endeavor that we undertake, it is important to first have an established objective.
B. While there is nothing wrong with acquiring wealth or fame, we must be careful not to take our eyes off our ultimate goal.
I. We are here to seek and to obey God’s Will.
A. This was clearly Jesus’ mission in life (Hebrews 10:5–7; John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:28–29; 10:17–18).
B. Jesus taught the necessity of seeking and doing God’s Will (Matthew 6:33; 7:21; 12:50).
C. The apostles taught this as well (Galatians 1:10; Ephesians 6:6).
D. Are you seeking the law of the Lord?
II. We are here to teach those in need of the truth.
A. This is because the truth is the only thing that can liberate us (John 8:31–32; Romans 6:17–18; 10:12–17).
B. It was Jesus’ mission to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10, cf. Matthew 9:12; 1 Timothy 1:15; John 18:37).
C. This was also Ezra’s mission (Ezra 7:6–10; Nehemiah 8:1–8).
D. It was Paul’s mission as well (Romans 1:15; 1 Corinthians 9:16).
E. Is it your mission to reach out to those who are lost?
III. We are only here for a little while.
A. Our perspective always changes when we know that time is running out (2 Samuel 19:34–37).
B. No matter how long we may live, it isn’t long (James 4:14).
A. Have you been working toward fulfilling your mission?
B. In spite of discouragement and opposition, Ezra was successful in his mission. When time runs out, will we be able to say the same?