Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
All Things New 2020: Your New Commission
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 things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved...
Mark 16:15-16 (NKJV)
Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:47-48 (NKJV)
Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.
John 20:21 (NKJV)
You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
Consider the definition of commission: 'An order, charge, or direction;' the 'Authority granted for a particular action' (Random House Dictionary).

By His closing Words in all four Gospels and His opening Words in Acts, Jesus charged us with a direct Order. He gave us clear direction and royal authority.

Our duty? To spread the most amazing news the world could ever know. In a handful of Words, He spelled out the who, what, when, where, why and how of our duty.

From Whom? Clearly, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In their Name, we go, speak, baptize, teach and preach.

To Whom? Every creature.

What? The Gospel: God's Good News, including repentance and the remission of sin: 'A total life-change through the forgiveness of sins' (The Message).

When? Jesus spoke in present tense: 'Go, make, preach, send, teaching, baptizing.' That means now.

Where? All nations, beginning in Jerusalem.

Why? To make disciples of Christ: to feed the hungry, water the thirsty, welcome the strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick, see the prisoners and love our neighbors... that each might be saved.

How? In peace. In newness.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider how your commission is new. His Order is not new, but your delivery of it is. Because now, you can go almost everywhere by way of media. You can catch the world's attention with your talent, and feed the world's hungry with God's love.

As fishers of men, your catch (fans) receive new hope and new life in a new way.

But if you refuse your commission, if you aren't fishers of men, then you allow the enemy unrestrained access. Because of Christian reluctance, he's been trawling the oceans of media unchallenged. The result? Satan's catch (fans) are robbed of hope and life.

Here's more good news: By God's power, your new Commission upstages his evil lines.

So... GO FISH!

## All Things New 2020: Your New Commission (Part 15)

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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