Jesus disciples were clearly sent out to evangelize, to spread the Gospel and to make disciples. We Christians have that task to achieve. We have an outcome that we’ve been commissioned to accomplish. As we all know, Matthew 28:18-20 says:
“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.”
Since those first disciples were commissioned, the task hasn’t changed. What we are trying to achieve is exactly the same. So my challenge is this – as Christ’s current disciples – have we forgotten what we’re trying to accomplish?
We go about daily lives and we’re often doing good things. We’re building great careers, and lovely families. Many of us are even serving in our local Churches. We give time and money to help others. But I wonder if we’re leaving the real task, the actual thing we’re meant to be accomplishing, to a select few? I wonder if we’ve slowly left evangelism and of sharing the Gospel to the Pastors and leaders at our Churches?
We want the world to know the love, forgiveness and grace of our incredible Saviour – In order for this become a reality we need to stay on mission – We need to actively pursue the task at hand.
My encouragement to you, and as I write I’m challenging myself also, is to shake off the distractions and refocus our attention on the main game. Let’s get our attention on Jesus commission and on declaring His goodness to all. Let’s remember that once we were lost, but now we are found. And let’s never allow ourselves the luxury of distraction, even by good things, especially when the deadline is looming.
We know what we’re trying to accomplish, and we know what we need to do, so let’s get about it!