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Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-20
BY Debbie Eaton
Text: Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-20
“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.”
– Matthew 28:20, HCSB
It was an ordinary day and, as usual, I wandered into my local Starbucks to get my mocha. Behind me was a young man, and I decided to treat him to the drink of his choice. At first he refused, but with some encouragement he said yes. It was what followed that took my breath away: I got the impression I was to tell him that God saw him and loved him.
In total honestly, I doubted myself and almost moved on to what was next on my schedule. But in a quick moment of obedience to the Holy Spirit, I turned to him and told him – God sees you, you are known, and you are loved. His reaction was tearful and awe-struck as he told me he was desperately wondering if God had forgotten him. As we took a seat at a table, he told me he had been kicked out of his house, was living on pennies, and had lost hope in God. We spoke for a few moments and prayed together.
I ran into this young man again a few weeks later. His circumstances had not changed, but he lit up when he saw me. We sat down over a cup of coffee and prayed together again. I was amazed anew at how God can take my simple, even doubtful, act of obedience and turn it into so much more.
Why is it that we live in the tension of worship and doubt that disables us to share the truth of God’s love? (See Matthew 28:17.)
You and I are commissioned – authorized by God – to “therefore go and make disciples” who will know Him and live for Him. This is a commandment from Jesus. We can only do this if we are available and ready for the commissioned moments.
This readiness is not in the form of a to-do list we can check off. Our readiness is a posture of the heart. It starts with having a pliable heart—a heart that is willing to worship, learning to grow, listening to hear the voice of God. Oswald Chambers says it like this: “Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are My disciple.” We must follow Jesus to share Jesus.
There will be times the tension prevails and we will question our ability to share God’s love. Our self-centered, hurried lives will cause us to miss some of those commissioned moments. Our doubt and fear of rejection will have us walk away and ignore the moments when they come.
But what if we slow down, watch, and listen? What if we choose to trust Jesus in these moments and believe Him when He issued this commandment to His disciples? We have a minute-by-minute choice to lean into the Holy Spirit’s prompting as we go about our day—in our workplace and our families, on the mission field or at the store, and, yes, even at Starbucks.
The Great Commission can be lived out exactly where you are.
Jesus promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
What a promise and encouragement that Jesus is with us always! May it be in His power and not our own that we “go into all the world” and embrace our commissioned moments.