Have you ever been selected for a special mission, an important work project, or as a member of a sports team? If you have, how did that make you feel? Often when we are specially selected for a task we feel motivated and encouraged. Especially if the request comes from someone we respect or admire. In such a case, we strive to make the best contribution we can. Now imagine God selected you to be part of a special mission. Well, that is exactly what He did.
Three days after Jesus died on a cross as a blameless offering for the sin of all mankind, He was resurrected. His resurrection is a testament to the fact that His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples at different times and in different locations. At one such a time, Jesus requested His disciples to meet Him at a mountain in Galilee, where He gave them (what is commonly referred to as) the Great Commission. Jesus prefaces this call to action by saying “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18, ESV)”. Take a couple of moments to ponder this statement. What does Jesus mean when He says all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth? Well, it quite simply means that Jesus has authority over everything and everyone in the realms of heaven and earth. He has authority over the CEOs and MDs of big corporations, over governments and world leaders, and over angels (both faithful and fallen). If we then somehow see it as a privilege or honour to be selected for a special project in whichever context by an organisation, no matter how prestigious, how much more so if we are chosen by God to be part of a special mission? Are you a disciple of God? If so, you have been chosen to partake it the Great Commission.
Jesus instructed His disciples, “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matt 28:19-20, ESV)”.
We will at some or another time unpack what the Great Commission entails. For now, however, can you answer the following important question?
Are you contributing your time and talents to the Great Commission?
If you are a born-again believer, know that God has predestined you for a very specific purpose. God has gifted you with natural and spiritual gifts in order to accomplish a purpose in life for His glory (1 Pet 4:10-11). If your answer to the above question is no, or you cannot convincingly answer what part you play in the Great Commission, then I encourage you to prayerfully consider it and ask God for his guidance and revelation. In the meantime, share the Word of God with others (Mark 16:15) (e.g. share Scripture on social media, share articles like this one), feed the hungry (Matt 25:35), and clothe the poor (Luk 3:11)
It is my prayer that every believer discovers their unique purpose in life, as it relates to Jesus’ Great Commission, especially if you are reading this article. If you are on a journey to discover your ministry or where you fit into the Great Commission, send me a comment in the comments section of this article (on the uni4m.org website) or feel free to email me. It is my passion to inspire others to join this glorious mission. Alone, we are individual members of the body of Christ and we are only as effective as far as our abilities and sphere of influence stretches. We can do a little on our own, but combined as the body of Christ, where different members work together to complement each other, we are able to achieve great things in the name of Jesus (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-21, ESV
Author: Edward Davies