The Great Commission

Ever wonder what you are to do with your life? Would you like to know what God wants you to do today? What about tomorrow? Do you wish each days’ task list was written out for you? Unfortunately, God doesn’t work that way.

It would be nice to have a schedule posted for us each day. It would also be nice to know we would successfully accomplish each task. We could simply go from one task to the other without a worry in the world.

But we don’t have a task list from God. We don’t have a guarantee any task list we devise will be successful. We don’t always know in great detail what God wants us to do. We feel as though we are left to figure it out on our own. So, we go about our lives without a plan to work for God’s purposes.

Take a look at today’s passage. Jesus didn’t leave us without a mission. The details of how we carry it out will vary from person-to-person. Each of us live in a different situation, even if we live in the same house. We interact with different people in our jobs. Each person we interact with has a different personality, different preferences, different modes of communication.

In order to carry out the mission, Jesus must be our number one priority. We must be filled with His teachings. We must accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit, being in tune with Him. When Jesus fills us from the inside out, we will carry out the mission in whatever situation we are in.

It can be challenging to speak of Jesus to some people. But when we rely on Jesus to provide us with the strength, courage, and the right words, we can be sure we are doing the work He wants us to do. We may not always be the one who sees a specific person baptized into the kingdom, but we can rest assured we planted the seeds that may grow later.

I pray we all choose to go about God’s work each day. I pray we look for opportunities to plant seeds. I pray each one of us relies on the Holy Spirit to guide us in every situation. Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Plan to go about God’s work. Leave the growth to God. Depend on God in all situations. 

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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