Words from the Heart for Thursday June 11th, 2020
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 28:19-20 (NIV)
The travel website Global Goose suggests to travelers that they should go to Canada when this COVID-19 pandemic is over. Their website says: “Canada has a population of just under 36 million, but a land mass nearly as big as the entirety of Europe. There are huge areas of pristine, unspoiled wilderness waiting to explore. Whether it is tramping across a glacier in the Rocky Mountains, hiking through coastal rainforests on Vancouver Island or canoeing through Ontario’s lakes – Canada’s great outdoors is the ultimate playground.”
I read recently that most Christians here in Canada, when asked to state the Great Commission, could not. This is heartbreaking, because it is the heart of the call to take the Gospel to the ends of the world. As with most commands in Scripture, it comes with a promise. Matthew 28:19-20 records the words of Jesus, “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.” There is no clearer command in the Bible for God’s people to take Jesus to the world than this. We do not have a choice. The mission field is the world, and it is all around us. We are called to make disciples and to teach them all that Jesus taught His disciples for the years they were with Him. That is the command. The promise is that Jesus will be with us as we do that. When we go to tell others the Good News, Jesus comes with us. Therefore, go!
These have been words from the heart.