Thursday, January 15th, 2015
All Things New (Part 15)
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)
Consider the definition of commission: It's 'an order, charge, or direction;' the 'authority granted for a particular action' (Random House Dictionary). By His closing Words in all four Gospels, 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 receives 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? His catch was robbed of hope and life.
Therein, your new Commission upstages his evil lines.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New series.