“Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion), to the very close and consummation of the age. ” Matthew 28:19-20 [AMP]
Last year, I put up a post on Easter (Our Redemption Comes with a Purpose) about how the heavy gift of grace Jesus showed us all on the Cross, and His resurrection is followed by a heavy duty– to go out into all the world and share the Gospel.
In Isaiah 60:3, God gives us a promise that though darkness covers the earth, ‘nations will come to [our] light, and kings to the brightness of [our] rising’. What exactly is this light you may ask? The light of every believer is Jesus himself, living in and working through us. We are a chosen people, and God’s special possession because of the sacrifice of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9). This is the totality of the Gospel, so how can we not share it as He’s commanded?
Continuing in the spirit of Easter I’d like to then follow up this month by addressing the ‘how?’ of it all. Because though there’s a purpose God has for you that is unique, be it in terms of your work or talent, there is also the overall purpose as a believer which is Christ’s command in Matthew 28. Ultimately, these two tie together. However, if you’re anything like me, it can all seem a little out of reach
sometimes most times. Cue Moses being all “[but Lord who am I to do this job?] Please send someone else” (Exodus 4 v 1-17). We can easily buy into the lie that to move into the purpose God has given us is impossible. If you dwell on that, the result is paralysis- the (negative) feeling of helplessness where the devil convinces you that you are too unworthy to fulfill your purpose so you might as well not try.
For a few weeks in March, I found myself feeling overwhelmed in true Moses fashion, thinking about all the stuff I have to do (and barely doing them), then I stumbled across Mathew 10. In this incredible chapter, Jesus sends out His disciples by laying out a ‘how to’ guide on fulfilling the mission He gave to them.
I’ve set out the points that stood out to me below:
Matthew 10 (MSG)
- “Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighbourhoood. Tell them that the Kingdom is here.” (v 5-8).
- You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment and all you need to keep that going is 3 meals a day. Travel light. (v9-10)
- STAY ALERT. You’re going to be like a sheep in a wolf pack. (v 16)
- Don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the spirit of your Father will supply the words. (v17-20)
- Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. (v 26-27)
- “This is large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.”
- Forget about yourself (v. 38-39; v. 29-31)
How amazing is it that God reaches into our every need and insecurity and provides not only comfort and solutions but the very push we need? In fact, it shouldn’t be that surprising given that HE IS LOVE and would never give you something to do and leave you unprepared for it. This is why we have the BIBLE and the HOLY SPIRIT. In Matthew 10, Jesus has put it in the simplest of terms- all you need to be light in a dark world is Him, yourself, your words, and your actions. Don’t buy into the lie that you need something extra special to be the disciple that God has called you to be. Jesus is all the ‘special’ necessary.
We need only be alert, and travel light by leaving all the baggage behind (physical, emotional AND spiritual baggage). We need to stay FOCUSED on Jesus and dependent on the Holy Spirit for guidance and the right words when necessary. We need to let go of all selfishness because God is already taking care of our needs.
This month, I believe Abba is encouraging us to push boundaries, escape our comfort zones, forget about ourselves and GO into all that He has called us to.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9]
Love and light,
**I encourage you to read/meditate on Matthew 10 for yourself (in whatever version(s) you best understand) because its packed full of so much that we need on this journey.