19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.– Matt. 28:19 NLT
We are all very familiar with the Great Commission that Jesus gave His disciples. Luke tells us that shortly after this, Jesus ascends leaving the disciples without the only leader they had ever known. If we had been there and been one of the disciples of Jesus, what would our initial response have been? If it were anything similar to what I believe mine would have been, it would have caused me to ask a lot of questions. Where do I start, which direction do I go, who is going to support me as I make the trip and who is going to take care of my family while I am gone? I don’t have any speeches prepared to present to the people, what will I say? I’m not prepared to go on some long journey to some place I have never been and I haven’t prepared my family for such a venture. I would not only be doubting my abilities to carry out this mission (which is totally true}, I would be doubting God’s ability to enable me to carry out His mission (which is totally wrong and therefore sinful). I would be doubting His ability to provide for me and to take care of me. I would be saying “God is able” but my thoughts and my actions would be saying “I don’t really believe that”. As true believers, our response should not be one of worry and doubt but of agreement, just as Isaiah said when God asked Him “who shall we send?” and Isaiah answers “Here am I, Lord, send me.”.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous