This Great Commission

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Jesus went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 The Message)

I’ve written before on these specific commands of Jesus which all begin with love.

Knock_pennyDo you have a profound desire to go on a mission trip to another country? Neither do I.

Do you ache to learn apologetics? Neither do I!

Do you have a hunger to walk in strange neighborhoods knocking on doors? Neither do I!

How, then, do we as Christians not reject the Commission of Jesus?

As we live our lives obeying the commands of Jesus we become more like him; we reflect his image. We mature in our faith and embody faith and works. We allow those who cannot see him to know him through us.

“Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Fr. Francis of Assisi

Coffee.buzzfeedWe don’t need to travel to spread the gospel. Our “there” is where ever we are. Our “there” is our home, our car, our friend’s house, our workplace, our school, our neighborhood, our gym, our coffee shop, our restaurant, our grocery store, our hardware store, our nightclub, our jail cell, (the dmv, the airport) our social media hangout. It’s how we speak and act when we are “there.”

“There” is how we treat our family, our friends, and strangers when we are “there.” “There” is the decisions we make when we are “there.” There is no “here” and “there.” There is only “there.” And we are “there” all of the time.

How many times do we extend grace to a friend who has made a mistake, but refuse to extend grace to a stranger who makes a mistake? Couldn’t we expand the gospel by widening our circle of grace?

Please begin to think about the commission God commanded Jesus to pass along to us. Please allow the Spirit to stir your heart. Please allow the words of Jesus to play across your mind. Please open up the possibility that people who don’t know Jesus can see him through you.

I fall to my knees and pray to our Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your love be the rich soil where your lives take root; may it be the bedrock where your lives are founded. And may you have the power to understand the love of Christ is infinitely long, wide, high and deep, surpassing everything you have previously experienced. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

25 comments

  1. The True Light! · ·

    An excellent post, Susan!

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  2. Thank you Susan – beautiful.

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  3. Susan, if I may ask, which version is that Ephesians passage from, because mine is not as beautifully phrased (NASB).

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    1. I used a combination of NLT and The Voice.

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  4. The passage from Ephesians is so beautiful, I think I will try to memorize it! I needed this today, Susan. Thank you.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Beth!

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  5. I already read this yesterday on “Church Set Free.” So good to read again. 🙂 I have a ministry friend who teaches an “Everyday missionary” seminar. This is how the early church spread the gospel to the known world. The apostles may have traveled to the distant lands, but it was the families and neighbors in those distant land who grew the church. And it wasn’t the canned speeches but transformed lives that preached the loudest. May we always be aware of who we are, and Whose we are, wherever we are.
    Blessing.

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  6. Well, you fell out of my reader for some reason, Susan. You are back now, though!

    Stupid WordPress.

    I have no desire to work a foreign mission field, either. I do love knocking on doors though!

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  7. Thoughtful. Very good. Thanks! Larry

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read, Larry.

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  8. Love this!

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    1. Thanks Terese!

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  9. Beautiful.Well said Susan.

    Blessings

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    1. You too, Tom.

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  10. God strategically placed his people throughout neighborhoods, the market place, and in families. You’re so right. Our mission field is wherever we are.

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    1. Yes, and right where we’re supposed to be. Great thought, Emily Rose.

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  11. Amen! I really like this. People can do so much good just by standing in faith and reflecting Christ.

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    1. Thanks, IB. We forget to look around us right where we live, work and just do life – being light to the people who serve us, offering courtesy to people around us. It doesn’t take much, and it just may be the only compassion they experience in a day.

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    1. Thank you for this blessing, Vincent.

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