Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Matthew reports it as the final event of his gospel. Jesus rose from the dead, appeared to the women first, then to the rest of the disciples. The religious leaders heard about it and bribed the guards to tell everyone that someone had stolen the body. And then this verse: Christ’s final words to His followers as He met them on a mountain and prepared to ascend into heaven. It’s most commonly called the Great Commission. It’s what we should all be doing because we, too, are Christ’s disciples, and thus we are included in this commissioning. It’s not all we do, but it’s what we do along with whatever else we are doing, and it is the one thing that will bring meaning and purpose to everything else.
It’s the impetus behind the Gospel of Welcome, and it is brilliant in its simplicity, and because it is central to what we are to do, we are going to take it apart this week and look at it closely.
The first instruction is simply, “Go,” and it is important to note it is not only “Go,” but it is “Therefore go” — the “therefore” having to do with the statements that sandwich this command being the authority over all things given to Jesus by God, and the fact that He will be with us at all times. Given that remarkable setup, “go” isn’t such an impossible or lonely task. It is a call accompanied by the power and presence of Christ.
Go, don’t stay. Get moving, don’t stagnate. Go, because God can’t use you unless you’re going. Go, because God is the God of the going.
I could have used this truth this morning. It’s Monday and I didn’t want to get up. I punched my snooze button one too many times. It was hard to get started, but then again, I wasn’t thinking at that time that Christ had commissioned me to get up and get going. I was thinking about myself and what I felt like or didn’t feel like doing. Who cares about that? Jesus doesn’t ask me to go if I feel like it; He tells me to go. He tells me to go because He has authority over everything around me — everything that is happening or might be happening — and He is with me at all times, so why would I stay in bed?
Go. It’s that simple and that brilliant. Go, Jesus says, because you will have Me in the going, and I have a job for you.
From James, a MemberPartner of the Membership Committee – Day 4
If John and Marti were perfect pitchmen – which they surely are not – and because they know us better than we know ourselves, they could easily manipulate our giving power by telling us like so many fundraisers say …
“We’re here for you—now you be there for us”
Note the slight twist of the arm — the dear Jewish mother’s transmitted guilt that goes something like this:
Moshe calls his mother and asks, “How are you?”
”Not too good,” Hette says. “I’m feeling very weak.”
”Why, mother? ”
”Because I haven’t eaten in 23 days.”
Moshe replies, “That’s terrible, mother. Why haven’t you eaten in 23 days?”
Hette answers, “because I didn’t want my mouth should be filled with food if you should call!”
For better or worse, John is rather simple. He knows we are a community of misfits going down this path together. It is simple, but brilliant, that he does not ask us to pay to play and stay.
Since this is the case, consider this:
Catch MemberPartnerships offer a pain-free way to help further the Gospel of Welcome. It is a Brilliant idea whose time has come. It is simple to enroll. It is an uncomplicated approach to achieve a vital ministry. It is Simply Brilliant.
Every time a new MemberPartner is activated, the Gospel of Welcome message extends farther beyond the 139 countries we are presently serving, new enrichment programs are added, and our services are expanded to members, contributors, and readers.
What’s more, a real, tangible economic advantage is offered to all Catch citizens, irrespective of financial capacity:
To keep it simple, rich or poor, if there is a “readiness” to give – a built-into-the-heart desire to give, “the gift is acceptable, according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”(2 Corinthians 8:12).
For those without the capacity to give, MemberPartner sponsorships are available.
Together with this, opportunities exist to register friends and family tax free MemberPartnerships or honor a loved one through an honorary PartnerMembership in his or her memory.
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