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Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
For Folks Who Feel Uncomfortable
I think most Christians understand that Christ has called us to make disciples of all nations. I mean, these were the last words he offered his disciples on that mountain in Galilee. He told them that, when they go out into their daily lives, God has given them the opportunity to participate in his work. Regardless of where they are or what they’re doing, they’ll have the opportunity to make disciples by bringing them into the a community that’s focused on Jesus and by sharing with them what Christ taught and did. Now this was his command to those eleven men who were with him at the end.
But it’s also his call to us. You see, we’ve been uniquely positioned to share the good news to men and women who need to hear it. And we’ve been give the information that we’ve been called to share. The problem, though, is this; it’s really hard to step out by ourselves. Although some folks do it remarkably well, most of us feel uncomfortable. And even though we may want to do it, our discomfort causes us to hesitate and remain silent.
And for that reason, Jesus’s very last words are really important. You see, we’re not alone. I mean, not only is he with us, but we have an entire community to help us do the heavy lifting. And when we feel inadequate to share the message of Jesus, we have a place to which we can invite men and women, a context within which they can hear about the grace and mercy of God, an environment when love is not only a subject of conversation but also a way of life. As we look to do what we’ve been called to do, we need to remember that we’re not alone. And for those of us who feel a little uncomfortable sharing on our own, this is really good news.