Wave Leadership College is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Students earn an Associate of Ministry with concentrations in Pastoral Leadership, Professional Leadership, Christian Scholarship, Media & Arts, and Worship Leadership. Our mission is to equip Christian leaders to build the local church and transform their communities for the glory of God.
We'd like to share a message from one of our student-led weekly Chapel services as an expression of how our staff and students feel about the world and our mission in it.
I'm on God's Mission
by: Sid Ventura, M.A. | WLC Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
In 2008 I was deployed to Camp Bucca, which was a Forward Operating Base that housed a theater internment facility maintained by the United States military in the vicinity of Umm Qasr, Iraq. For an entire year my mission encompassed the Custody, Care, and Control of over 150 high-profile detainees as a quad-section-leader assigned to Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion-5 (NPDB-5). As I look back on how God used me and protected me on that mission I am reminded of God’s faithfulness with the calling and purposes He has for our lives; whether we are in the valley or on the mountain top, God is always in control. I have learned that sometimes God puts you in a role that you don’t understand, but He has called you and will equip you. Know that you have been called for such a time as this to co-labor with Christ in fulfilling His mission. Ultimately you are here because God called you to enlist in His Army and partake in the battle between good and evil. It is good to remind others and likewise be reminded ourselves of the calling that God has placed in our lives for His glory. In 1 Corinthians 4:17 Paul reminded the early church of this through Timothy saying, “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church” [NIV]. I am always thankful for the Timothies in my life that remind me of my purpose in Christ.
Going back to my mission in Camp Bucca, Iraq, I was handed over 100 sets of keys to memorize and use to perform my job efficiently in ensuring the safety and well-being of all those concerned in my line of duty. I am again reminded that I held the keys to keep the enemy at bay as part of my mission. I believe that God also gives us the keys to fulfilling our mission just as He said in Isaiah 22:22 saying, “I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open”. There are four keys that I wanted to share and encourage everyone with in understanding and fulfilling the mission that God has for us:
First Key to understanding your mission: Your Story Unlocks God’s Story.
In Revelation 12:11 it says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” [KJV]. Your testimony is the story of your encounter with God and what role He has played throughout your life. What God is bringing you through at this very moment will be the testimony that will bring someone else through. No mess, no message. If you give it to God, He transforms your test into a testimony, your mess into a message, and your misery into a ministry.
It is no coincidence that you are here today. Someone is waiting to hear your story. Likewise, be open to hearing someone else’s story. The great thing about telling our story is that God is always the Hero of our story and the one who gets the Glory. Don’t wait to go to heaven to hear someone’s story. The Bible is a perfect example of everyone else’s story that is always being preached around the world.
Second Key: Fall in Love with God’s Word Daily.
In John 1:1-2 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” [ESV]. Be intentional about seeking and meeting with God daily through His word. We are living in a world where we are bombarded with information overload. Information overload causes confusion in absorbing facts, which in turn can reduce peace of mind.
Matthew 4:4 & Proverbs 4:20-22 (ESV)
Information overload will cost you your peace, but God’s word will give you peace.
Third Key: God does not Give us Shortcuts but Provides us the Way.
In John 14:16 (NIV) it says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Bible provides us of many stories/events where God’s people were stuck and needed to rely on God every step of the way such as Moses in parting of the Red Sea, Joseph being wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit with Potiphar’s wife but had to endure in jail, King David being confronted by God’s prophet of the sin he committed, and ultimately Jesus dying on the cross as part of His mission to do God’s will for our salvation. The term “Complacency Kills” is a military term that describes the consequences of one’s actions. I have seen this throughout my military endeavors where people have gotten hurt or killed because of complacency and sometimes because of forgetfulness. Sometimes in our life, situations may arise where we can be tempted to take shortcuts, whether it is in our financial dealings (get rich schemes), academic complacency (just getting by), sexual purity compromise (everyone else is doing it), in family situations (unforgiveness), Complacency gives the devil a foothold. Jesus never said that the road was going to be easy, but He did say that “He will never leave us nor forsake us” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Fourth Key: God’s Message is our Mission.
The best part about God’s message being our mission is that He chose you and I to participate and partake in His story of bringing the Gospel to everyone which is called the Good News. He called you by name to go out into the world and to be a light in a very dark world. We have been called to populate heaven and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. God’s mission is our mission.