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Reach | Devotion #2: The Great Commission

Kyle Wendel | Children’s and Youth Ministries Director

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20).

As Christians, we have the responsibility to share the Gospel. These verses are labeled as the Great Commission from Christ. Sometimes I think we forget the seriousness of these verses. Jesus does not just say, “Oh hey guys if you want you guys can go tell people about the Good News, but if you are not really feeling it then don’t worry about it.” We often forget that this was not just a suggestion from Jesus, it was a COMMAND. Jesus commands us to go to all nations telling the Good News of salvation! We need to GO! Our whole lives should be about this command from Christ. We need to go and make disciples for Jesus. We need to be teaching everyone we know about God. We often neglect this command in our lives. Often we get too uncomfortable to share with people. Sometimes we just want to live life in a way that we are happy and do not intrude on anyone else.

If you look at Jesus’ and His disciples’ ministry, it is profound. They gave up their entire lives to follow a man. Jesus often put them in situations that were not comfortable for them. Jesus broke social barriers by sharing with people that were sinners, sick, outcasts, women, etc. How often in our lives do we not share because we are too uncomfortable?

Recently I went on a mission’s trip with our High School students from the River locations. At night, we had an optional Bible Study where the leaders and students would get together and study the book of Philippians (If you have not read it yet, read it!). One of the senior boys said a quote that just shook my world. “People’s eternal salvation should be more important than your own comfort level.” I was blown away at that sentence. The Holy Spirit spoke right to my own heart at that moment. How often do I not talk to someone because it makes me uncomfortable? Jesus does not say if you are uncomfortable to stay back and be comfortable. He commands us to go outside our comfort because people being saved from eternal damnation or separation from God is more important. Our hearts should burn for people coming to God.

I pray that we, as a church, rally behind this command. That it becomes real and evident in all our lives. I pray this command from Christ flips our worlds upside down for the cause of Christ. We should want to tell people what Christ has done for us. Remember God has given us all a personal story for a reason. Let God use you! Don’t be afraid to break that comfort level for someone to possibly come to know the Lord from you stepping up.

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