“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
-- Gospel according to Matthew
One mission that all Christians share is the individual responsibility to care for the needy. And in fact, this is a duty shared by most religions of the world. This individual mission is to volunteer our own time, talents, and treasure to help our neighbor, to get down in the “mud” where the poor are and get our hands dirty, walk side-by-side with them, show them mercy and love. And when I say “love” I mean Christian love, that kind of love to will the good of the other first, to put their good ahead of your own good, and expect nothing in return. It is my firm belief that that is the Christian mission. When someone asks, “what’s the meaning of life,” I think it’s to love in this way. And of course Jesus Christ provided the perfect example of this kind of love.