I wrote the first draft of this Life Mission Statement during a day of prayer in March of 1994. As I read it through today, I praise God for how many of these prayers He has answered. I also see I need to rewrite it focusing on now until the year 2020.
Dan Iverson, Jan 17, 2009
TO BE READ AND PRAYED OVER WEEKLY; TO BE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS AS GOD LEADS THROUGH HIS WORD, SPIRIT, PROVIDENCE, AND PEOPLE.
Summary: As one greatly loved by God beyond full understanding, to deeply and increasingly know that love as the fountain head for all I am and do. Knowing that love, to love God and others; to be ambitions to please Christ; to zealously seek the full coming of His Kingdom with my whole life, with my family, with my work and other associations, by the Holy Spirit’s strength, that Christ’s Kingdom would come on earth, particularly in Japan.
Purpose: II Cor 5:9- “I make it my ambition to be pleasing to Him.”
Specific Goal: Matt 6:33a- “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”
Encouraging Promise: Matt 6:33b- “And all these things shall be added unto you.”
My Power Source: II Cor 12:9- “I will rather boast about my weakness, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
1. To know Christ deeply: To know the love of Christ which passes all understanding in a deeper and deeper way throughout my life by studying the Bible devotionally daily at sufficient length, prayer, reading good books, regular worship, intimate fellowship with committed believers, and telling this good news to others zealously.
2. To please Christ: To ambitiously seek to please Christ in all I do (II Cor 5:9), in His strength (Jn 15:5). That my character would increasingly be like Christ’s (His example, the commandments, loving God with all my heart and others as myself, having the fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22]). My life, body, time, abilities, energy, wife, children, work, other associations, money, and anything else are gifts from God. As the steward of these, I must take care of them, and use them for Christ’s greater glory, for the coming of His Kingdom on earth, with particular focus on Japan.
3. Specific Implications:
a. My life- Not mine, but Christ’s, bought with a high price.
b. My body- His temple (I Cor 6:19) , to be taken care of for many years of effective use; means sabbath rests weekly (Gen2:2-3; Ex 20:8-11), and other times yearly; regular exercise, healthy temperate diet.
c. Wife Carol- A great gift from God bringing me much joy and strength. After love for God, Carol must be my 1st love and focus of my life (Eph 5:25). I must attend diligently to her spiritual growth. That Christ’s Kingdom would come more fully as a result of Carol and me by:
1) The increased strength generated by our joyful life together.
2) The world seeing Christ’s love in our relationship.
3) Having many children who will experience God’s love deeply through us, and grow up to deeply love and serve Christ and the world.
d. Children- That God would bless us with many (Ps 127:3-5; Ex 1:20), and that each one will grow up to know, love and follow Christ as devoted disciples. My greatest Kingdom contribution will probably not be through my work, but through the children God gives us to disciple. I must not be so busy in other ministry that I don’t fulfill God’s high call to me to disciple my children deeply, impacting the next generations greatly through these my closest disciples. I must be a godly example, and make God’s word an important part of our daily life (Deut 6:1-9; Ps 78:1-8).
e. Prayer/Plan Retreats- I must get away from the daily busy-ness to pray and gain perspective often, as Jesus did (Lk 4:42; 5:16; 6:12). Daily time, weekly special extended prayer/reflection, other extended times quarterly for a day or two. With Carol as well periodically to pray and reflect on our life, family, ministry, and to set new goals, directions.
f. My possessions- All for Christ’s use and glory. To work hard to provide for my family (I Tim 5:8), but to seek to live simply, not seeking excess, wealth, or great future security (trust that to God). Rather, living on less, to store treasures in heaven, to seek to give ever more generously to His Kingdom work (Mt 6:19ff). He went to the cross for me… how could I not give my all for Him and His Kingdom.
g.Work/ministry- To work hard (in Christ’s strength) as a minister of the gospel, leading many to love God and other people, and to participate zealously in the coming of Christ’s Kingdom, particulary in Japan. Focus on gifts of leading, evangelizing, church planting, church growth, new frontiers, raising up harvest workers, and helping the Japanese church flourish.
1991 through about 2003- Seeking only God’s glory, to pray and work that Christ’s Kingdom would come to Chiba, Japan.
1) As Pastor of Oyumino Church, that a strong, growing church would be raised up in South Chiba City impacting significantly the Oyumino area, and positively influencing Chiba, Japan, and the world for Christ by its example of godliness, sound doctrine, zeal, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, strong families, cell groups, lay ministry, and world missions vision.
2) As Tokyo/Chiba Team Leader, that a thriving presbytery would be raised up in Chiba Prefecture, impacting all of the PCJ and Japan through its zeal, ethos, way of doing “presbytery”, missionary/pastor working relationships, church planting/ church growth strategy & methods, and college ministry.
Major Weaknesses, Areas for Growth: As I write this in 1994, I see my major weaknesses and areas that need growth as:
1. Pride and self-dependecncy: I do much in my own strength, substituting effort and human ability for prayer and relaxed Holy Spirit dependency.
2. Insufficient self-discipline/self control regarding “1st things 1st”, use of time, and in some personal areas.
3. Tendency to overwork and live an unbalanced life, reflecting wrong priorities and a lack of dependencey on Christ.
4. Poor organization & administration: Increased efficiency, and more admin time must be a higher priority. Administrative time must be included in my schedule as a necessary part of life, along with the more important priorities, in order to be more effective for Christ overall.
This Life Mission Statement is beyong me, of course. I will need forgiveness daily, and strength beyond myself. I look in faith to God who promises to graciously give both to those who
ask (I Jn 1:19; II Cor 12:9).
In Dependency on the grace of the Holy Spirit,
Daniel Iverson III
Mar 8, 1994, Chiharadai House, Day of Prayer