Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 15, Conclusion)
The God-Given Task
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
You are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:48 (NKJV)
As the Father has sent me, I also send you.
John 20:21 (NKJV)
If you are a Christian, the Great Commission of Jesus Christ is your God-given task. We have one job, but millions of ways to do it. Nevertheless, every activity will further this duty--or distract you from it.
Like going to the grocery store. Do you push through the aisles in a hurry, thinking about the rest of your chores? Or do you smile at passers-by and look for ways to help them?
Like going to school. Do you hang with your friends, which is easy? Or do you reach out to the newcomer or the outcast, and possibly save a life?
Like going to work. Do you walk on the common tracks to worldly success? Or do you take the uncommon track to godly success? Because your real job is to lead, lift and help the people God places before you.
Like going to the mission field of media. Actors, models and talent for Christ have an unprecedented opportunity to reach the lost. Do you go into this uncertain industry to find them? Or do you stay comfy in your homes and churches to avoid the risk? But is it a risk?
'Now thanks be to God Who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place' (2 Corinthians 2:14). What is triumph but victory? What is victory but success? Your success is promised by None Other than God.
The greater risk is staying home. Remember the end of the servant who buried the talent his lord entrusted to him.* Not good. On the other hand, those servants who got busy in the world and multiplied their talents heard the words every Christian longs to hear:
'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord' (Matthew 25:21,23). That lord is our Lord.
Therefore, stay strong in your faith and the purpose of your calling. 'Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9).
Your faith is proven by courage. Without courage, faith is just a church word.
* The Parable of the Talents: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.