DayBreaks for 6/19/14 – Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It
Matthew 4:19 (NIV) “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
One year during high school (when I wasn’t involved with the football team) I played in the high school marching band. There was no flag corps, rifle drill team or dance routines. There was “just” the band for half-time entertainment (pretty dull, eh? – but remember, Moses was just a kid when I was in high school!) Everything depended on the band and its abilities and talents in playing and marching. Every week we had to learn a new set of songs, to go with new marching formations to be performed at half time of the football games. We received our instructions early in the week and then practiced them until we got them right. They were not always easy: count time, play the music, step out on the appropriate measure and move exactly eight steps every five yards. As long as everyone followed their set of instructions, the maneuvers on the field were correct and the trombones did not spear into the clarinets and the trumpet players didn’t wind up with their heads embedded in the drums! Of course, if you missed a beat, or turned the wrong way, you could end up at one end of the field (all alone!) while the rest of the band was at the other. It’s not easy trying to convince everyone that you were right and the other 64 were wrong!
As disciples of Christ, we are all called to march, to move out with a special mission in the world. Matthew heard those moving words as addressed not only to him but to all who would join the movement in the years to come. There is about them an echo of the old television program “Mission: Impossible!” I can hear the words coming through: “Your mission, Matthew, should you decide to accept it….”
Here’s the scoop: if you are a Christian, you don’t have a choice on whether or not to accept this mission. It is the same mission that Jesus gave to every disciple: to go and make more disciples. The Great Commission wasn’t given to just pastors, seminary professors or writers of religious works. It’s for all of us! If you’re a Christian – it is already your mission.
And there’s an extra bonus that Jesus throws in: when we do, we won’t ever wind up marching alone. He’ll be with us! Is that great, or what?!?!?!
Will we march with Him, or will we go our own way?
PRAYER: Lord, for those of us who don’t have the gift of evangelism, this is one tough command! We are afraid we’ll “blow” it and say the wrong things and wind up embarrassing ourselves. Remind us that your Spirit lives and speaks through us and that our job is to “go” and make disciples…and leave the rest to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
NOTE: Galen, a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI), raises his own support. DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html.
Look down the left side of the page, locate the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section, click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation. If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and putS090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368. MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible.
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