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Devotional

Sunday, February 8th

The Great Commission

“And Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Before Jesus went to be with the Father, He made one of the defining statements in all of Scripture. It’s come to be known as “The Great Commission.” Jesus had directed His disciples to go to Galilee and meet him at the mountain there. His last words were a sending forth. God wanted to reach the whole world and He planned on using His children to do it. People who were far from God weren’t to be treated as enemies, rivals, or objects but long-lost children waiting to come home.

What’s exciting about this passage of Scripture is that all of us are included in His mission too. The word “mission” comes from the Latin word meaning “to send.” We are all commissioned – “sent”– into the world to make disciples of all nations.  That’s a pretty big responsibility, but the last thing Jesus says that He is with us always.  We don’t have to (and certainly can’t) do anything in our strength but we can draw from His strength and power to be witnesses of His love and make disciples.

Scripture makes it abundantly clear God is sovereign (in total control) and all-sufficient (lacking nothing). He doesn’t need our help to accomplish His purposes – and yet because of His love for us and His desire to make us more like Him, He invites us to participate with Him in His mission to redeem and restore the world.   From the beginning of time God’s been in the business of redemption and now that story continues in each of us partnering with Him to reach the lost.

Prayer: Lord I thank You for the opportunities you give me to make disciples and show your love to the lost and hurting. Help me to recognize those opportunities and make the most of them.  Amen.

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