The Great Commission: A Reflection


I’d never ever heard of The Great Commission until I was in my twenties. When I finally heard it, I was on staff with a campus ministry (the last place I thought I’d ever work) and felt like a Grade A Idiot because everyone else seemed to know what it was.

From what I could gather The Great Commission sounded scary--visions of moving halfway across the world to a remote village with zero electricity flashed through my mind. And I require a blowdryer and 5-7 hair products on a daily basis. Yikes.

But--great news!--there is nothing to fear.

The Great Commission is simply Jesus’ command for Christians to tell others about their faith in Matthew 28:18-20:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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.

God wants the entire world to experience His hope and peace. He doesn’t want anyone, not one person on earth, to settle for less than living out his or her God-given potential (2 Peter 3:9). Out of His love for us, in Matthew 28:18 God gave Jesus the authority to instruct His followers to tell others their neighbors, friends, family, and world about their faith.

Why? To oppress people? Make the whole earth a bunch of robotic clones?

No way. Matthew 11:28 explains, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” The rest, freedom, hope, and peace I’ve experienced is worth sharing. And with social media, sharing this amazing hope is easier than ever before.

You don’t have to move to a hut with no electricity in order to please God. If you feel that’s where He wants you to go, pray about it, tell some close Christian mentors, and go. But God hasn’t asked me to board a plane yet; I do my sharing through a computer screen.

I also see the value in sharing with my friends face-to-face--not out of guilt, but out of sincerity. I don’t expect everyone I love to see things exactly the same way I do, but I don’t want to withhold something good either. Besides, Jesus tells me to share.

And so I do.

This week on the Lane of Roses Blog we are talking about Missions and our purpose in The Great Commission. Read more by clicking the links below:

We are Disciple Makers

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