Matthew – God’s Purposes
As we come to infamous send off by Jesus to His disciples, we must evaluate ourselves as groups of people who call ourselves “church”. Are we Great Commission people? Individually and corporately? Are we telling broken and bruised people that Jesus can heal and save them from the emotional and spiritual bondage they are suffering? Are we helping them find Jesus and then follow in His ways by teaching and leading them to His Word? Are we literally baptizing the lost but now found repentant souls in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a profession of their eternal faith? Or has the baptistery gone dry?
Are we pointing them to our perfect Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ first or merely inviting them to a church of imperfect people. We need to always point them to Jesus, not the church, for we are miserably imperfect and will invariably disappoint a new seeker who is watching every move we make and every word we say. Our “great band”, “fun youth worker”, “humorous pastor”, or even our “friendliness” should not be the draw…Jesus is the One and Only who will meet their innermost, heartfelt need. Only HE can fill the hole that is gaping open in a person’s soul without Him.
We need to tell them the Truth of the Person of Jesus Christ. We are all sinners, saved only by HIS grace and mercy because of His love for us. All the rest that goes on as a church Body is a result of His love. We are friendlier because of knowing His love of us and humbled by His ongoing work in us. Our pastor, being led by God, speaks profoundly with helpful ways to live like Jesus which by the help of the Holy Spirit, transforms us. Our corporate worship comes alive because of knowing Jesus, being grateful for all He has done and is doing while letting Him take over when we are together worshiping Him! Our teachers, youth workers and all volunteers are filled with His Holy Spirit that draws others into what Jesus can do through those they teach and lead! THAT is how it seems to work best. This is the great commission to all of us who say we believe and want what God wants.
We ask again…are we truly and sincerely Great Commission people?
Matthew 28, NLT
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior,
“When they saw you”, dear Jesus, they worshiped You…but some doubted. Help us, work through us to erase all the doubt of people who need you. Work through our own imperfections to help others know you and follow you, too. Thank you for being with us always as we follow You in Your work. Help me to want what you want always…to the end of this age.
In Jesus Name, Amen