We Are People with a Mission
Help me to put away the cares and concerns of this world for a few minutes now and allow me, Dear Lord to hear from You. Life is just too captivating and demanding of my attention, so I need the ministry of the Holy Spirit to quiet my noisy thought life and focus on the unseen realm.
Read: Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18–20, NIV)
In yesterday’s devotion we read about Jesus forming His band of fishermen to be His disciples. As the three years of Jesus’ active ministry unfolded, His choices could have been called into question with the accounts of their infighting, inability to believe their own eyes and the way they just seemed not to think very deeply about what Jesus taught them. At the end of Jesus’ earthly life, they proved themselves to be cowards, with one liar and one traitor in the mix. Yep, what was Jesus thinking about anyway?
In today’s passage Jesus’ words seem strung together oddly. He tells the remaining disciples that “All authority in heaven and on earth have been given to Him.” We have to assume this authority was presented to Him by His Father because of the way He followed His Father’s will, even dying on a cross. Here He is telling the disciples that He is the fulfillment of the promise that out of the tribe of Judah would come a king who would sit on the throne of David and rule the earth forever (Daniel 7). He is telling them that with the power and authority that He has, He is commanding them to go win the world for Him. In other passages, He told them to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them and gave them the power needed to carry out the commission that Jesus presents them with here.
In John 17 Jesus prays for you and me: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” It is pretty clear isn’t it, that Jesus wants us to be included in God’s army with a mission to take the Gospel to the world? Think about it. If this unlikely group of men could win the world for Christ, surely you have something to offer. The bar has been set low for us because God’s Spirit wants to use the weak and insignificant to cause His will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
God I want to participate in what You are doing in the world to advance Your kingdom. Thank you for giving me a role to play. Please guide me in my participation. Amen.