March 24, 2014.
I am happy to say that we have another brother in Christ! My friend Daniel Chen was baptized into Christ yesterday after he went with a group to see God is not Dead. It must have been some movie. The gospel is working here in Chattanooga, and I am excited to be experiencing it. It is truly mysterious the way God moves, but he is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, and that is truly amazing.
What better of a time to talk about the great commission? Our Lord and Savior came to this earth with a very specific mission in mind. As he was leaving, about to ascend into heaven having overcome the power of sin and death, he left his disciples with these words, words that I believe we should all take a second to remind ourselves of:
“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.'”
This was his mission. He trained 12 men who were to change the world by making discipling others to do the same. This is still our singular mission today. When Jesus said “Go therefore” this was not a passive command. Go. Action verb. We are to be laborers in his vineyard, and what an exciting business it is! I have seen two baptisms in less than a week, and it just makes me want to see more! It’s almost like fishing. You are about ready to call it a day because you haven’t caught anything when all of the sudden you real one in and then you are ready to go for a few more hours. Maybe this is one of the reasons Jesus referred to it as making them “fishers of men.”
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'”
(Matthew 9: 35-38)
We live in a dying world in need of salvation. It is our job to spread the good news! Let us not sit around and maintain our own souls while we could be gathering others for Christ. What are we waiting for?
Suggested Daily Reading: Matthew 4, 28, Mark 1, 16.
May our Lord cause growth all over the world.