Monte Hunt – Associate Worship Pastor
This post is a message I imagine many, in one way or another, have heard before. But often in life we need reminding more than we need instruction. My hope is these thoughts will serve as a reminder to us all that the mission of Christ is still the main thing; and we must strive in our own lives to keep the main thing the main thing.
Jesus said to His disciples, “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, Son, and 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.”
This passage is known as “The Great Commission.” Indeed, it is a massive undertaking, and one that will not cease until Jesus returns again. But like any colossal undertaking, such as climbing Mt. Everest, it is accomplished one step at a time. We cannot look at this behemoth goal, feel overwhelmed, and quit before the outset. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. We must take that first step, then another, then another, pressing on toward the goal of becoming more and more like Christ, and teaching others to do the same.
For many this subject brings about feelings of guilt and shame because as they reflect upon their life, they realize that while they may be a good person, or even a good Christian, they have not done much of anything to accomplish this mission. They are stuck at the bottom of the mountain, still focused on getting their own life together before taking the first step. Friends, God doesn’t need you to have it all together in order for you to have a relationship with Him, and likewise He doesn’t need you to be a top-tier, ultra-righteous Christian to be a part of accomplishing His mission. Our God of mercy and grace meets you where you are, and will use you where you are.
So what can we do? What are some first or next steps?
- Pray: use the power of prayer to transform not only your life, but the lives of those around you. Pray for your family, pray for your neighbors, your city, your church, your nation, and beyond. Pray for God to reveal to you His plan for your life (which I guarantee you will be in line with His mission).
- Give: let go and give your time, skills, knowledge, and financial resources, which are worth so much more in the hands of our God than in yours or mine. Use it all to accomplish His mission.
- Go: God may not be calling you to go to Cambodia or North Africa to share His good news, but I know He is calling you to go across the street and share it with your neighbor. There are homes and families all around you desperate to experience the love and grace of God, and it resides just a few feet away within you. Called has called you and I to go.
Lastly, if nothing else I encourage you to attend a worship service this weekend at Central. We will be directly addressing God’s call to go into all the world. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be both encouraged and challenged in taking a personal next step in seeing the mission of God realized within your life and in the life of your church. I hope to see you there!