We live in a broken world that is being made new.
"And Jesus came and said to them, â€œAll 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.â€Â (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
In the Great Commission, Jesus declares his authority as the risen king and gives his people an impossible task; to take the good news of his reign into all the world and make disciples out of other broken people.Â But he also promises the power to do this impossible task; he gives his people his presence in the Holy Spirit to ensure the work will be done!
It begins in our homes and with our friends and moves to the ends of the earth.Â We do the work together as the church and sometimes we do it alone (humanly speaking) but always in the power of the risen Christ.Â With deep respect we speak the Gospel and often we proclaim the Gospel through our deeds of love and mercy.Â We engage the world, not run from it. Â We listen first and speak second.Â We recognize all truth as God's truth and look for the ways he has left a witness to himself in the world.Â We see beauty in art and music as the creativity of humanity testifies to the broken image of God that remains in us.
We do all of this because Jesus has already redeemed us and set his love on us.Â He has given us a job to do and the Holy Spirit to carry us as we seek to do it.Â We don't define our success in terms of numbers or finances.Â We define success in terms of faithfulness to what God has called us to be and do.