Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20, known as the Great Commission, is what we, the Church, are to be about. “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.” The directive is to make disciples. The tools he gives us are baptism and his teachings. The reason we do this is because Jesus says so.
Paul tells us why in 1 Corinthians 15:50: “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…” If flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom then we must proclaim the Gospel so people have the opportunity to hear and come to faith in Jesus. Typically this is not something we Lutherans do. The joke is, “What do you get when you cross a Lutheran with a Jehovah’s Witness?” Answer: “Someone who knocks on your door and then stands there and does not know what to say.” We can overcome our fear of sharing our faith when we realize we are not alone. Jesus says: “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help me to obey your command to go and make disciples, and help me to trust that you are always with me to help me do it. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.