“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.””
I hope everyone has had an awesome weekend! I’m pumped up for the week ahead and even more pumped up to share with you some really really really GOLDEN truths from God this week that I pray will push you and challenge you, and also teach you in so many ways for you to apply to your lives daily!
Last week, thankfully, God taught me some big time lessons on the area of “relationships.” It’s an area that I had looked over and lost focus of for so long but last week God put it on my heart and taught me some really awesome stuff about the importance of relationships and how to apply the lessons learned from His Word to the relationships He’s placed around me. I can’t begin to explain how full I felt last week! Embracing relationships, spending time being led by the Holy Spirit to be intentional in how I encourage others and love them, I just ket realizing more and more that this is what it’s all about! RELATIONSHIPS!!!
So this week we are going to dig into and tackle what seems to be the most challenging but also the most important area of our lives with Jesus, RELATIONSHIPS!!! After spending some more time in this tonight with some youth and my youth pastor, it hit me even harder not just how important relationships are, but also how in this world we have been led astray from bringing to those relationships what Jesus has called us to. As you see the verse above, I know I know, you’re probably thinking I’m about to give you this hyped up message on how we’re commanded to share the gospel and make disciples, and leave you with a convicting guilt trip of reasons why we need to be doing that. But I’m not. Well, not yet anyways!
These two verses where we see the Jesus gives us the Great Commission, these are going to be what we hold to during this time and stay close to as we dig into relationships. The easy thing to do is hammer home this mission given to us by Jesus and remind you this is what we need to be doing, but I’ve noticed in my own life and many others, that as followers of Christ we know the Great Commission, we know that Jesus has called us to make disciples and share the good news with others but I’ve noticed that a lot of preachers and people today hammer that home to us without actually showing us “what that looks like in our daily lives?”
That is why instead of hammering home more truth that you are already aware of, I want to spend time equipping you and being equipped myself to learn the little building block steps of faith we need to take to make this true in the relationships that God has placed in our lives! I know I personally see this and hear messages preached about this and so overwhelmed by how I need to be living on mission for Christ in this way, but without actually knowing what that would look like in my life, I fall short and feel like the weight of sharing the gospel with someone is too great for me to carry, I feel so overwhelmed that I just don’t even want to try because I don’t feel like I can or the fear of failure kicks in, or I feel like it’s not that big of a deal because nobody else around me is doing it or making an emphasis to do it so I can slip by comfortably without any body ever noticing. There’s a million reasons why we don’t take up our crosses and follow Jesus on this mission He’s given us so this week we’re going to dig into that. We’re going to dig through God’s Word and start with little, tiny steps that we can take in the relationships we have around us in our lives and learn how to live out this great commission in our lives. The biggest thing I want you to know is that I’m just as scared as you are and I’m learning right alongside you in this! I’ve put this to the side a lot of days of my life but there’s a reason why it’s called the GREAT, commission and not just the commission, because it’s bigger than anything else we’ll ever do, it brings a level of greatness to others lives as they experience Jesus and grow in Him and a level of greatness to our lives as we surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit and live this out daily.
So I just challenge you to meditate on these verses today, take some time to do some self evaluation on what scares you about this, why you don’t, who in your life could be that someone that God wants you to share the love of Christ with, and what little steps can you take to serve and love that person to begin building a foundation in which we will build on with the Good news of Jesus!
This week and hey, maybe two weeks or a month, just however long the Lord wants us to dig into this, we are going to dig into and see what it looks like to live on mission for Christ in the relationships that He’s placed around us in our daily lives! The aim through this is for the Great Commission to not just be something we KNOW, but to find our what it looks like in our lives so that it’s something we DO!!!