“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’ve commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20 ESV).
When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, He was giving them a command. He didn’t say “Don’t feel pressured or anything, but if you feel like it, go and make disciples.” He looked them dead in the eye and said, “Go”.
This command still holds true for us today. We are still called to “Go”. Granted, not everyone is called to go overseas, or to another place, but everybody is called to missions. Everybody has a mission field. Your mission field could be your workplace, your school, your local coffee shop, your favorite fast food joint, it could be anywhere. There are many times where we feel unqualified, or that someone else could do it better than us, so we just wait around for somebody else to reach out to people in those places. That’s not how this works. You were placed in that position for a reason. That’s your field.
What if everybody had that same attitude? “I’ll just wait for someone else to do it.” Nothing would ever get done! Jesus wants us to do something with our faith. He wants us to Go. So what are you waiting for? An invitation? Jesus did more than that. Jesus didn’t invite us to go, He commanded that we go.
“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 28:19-20 ESV).
You may have noticed that Pastor Adam and I are not here this morning. (At least not physically… We are with you in spirit.) We have been invited to join other leaders from my district for a weekend of missions work and training in New York. It is important to our denomination and our church that we obey the words of Jesus to “Go.”
“Go therefore and make disciples…”
The Holy Spirit has given Dennison Foursquare Church a clear direction for this year. The Lord is calling us to GO. As a pastor I often feel the pressure of making sure I have all the details straight, knowing exactly everything that needs to be done, and how to get it done. Ask Adam about the anxiety I’ve been experiencing just thinking about having to take the subway in NY. I have no idea what I’m doing. What if it breaks down and we get stuck underground? What if our phones die and we can’t get a hold of anyone? What if aliens attack and we return to Dennison as pod people?
As you can see, I can find any reason to be anxious. I can make up 1 million excuses of why it’s not the right time, or why am not qualified. I think that’s human nature.
In our desire to be obedient to Jesus, we need to understand that we will not have all the answers. We will not say, or do, everything perfectly. The command isn’t that we are perfect. The command is that we GO.
I challenge you to let the Holy Spirit lead you. Have faith that it is the power of God the qualifies you. He is the one who will work out the details. It’s better that we don’t know all that he is up to. Because his work is so amazing that it would probably freak us out anyway.
Will you make a commitment to go?