Jesus, Our Vision Setter!
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18-20a (NKJV)
Do you ever wonder what God has called you to do? “God, what’s your heart, what’s your passion, what do you want me to do?” I’ve wrestled often with this, and I do believe that God answers these questions in time, as we bring them before Him in prayer.
But, there is no question that He has laid out an underlying vision before His people. “Go make disciples of all nations…baptizing them, teaching them.” Earlier in Matthew 22, Jesus tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (vs 37), and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (vs 39).
When you think about it, if we love our neighbor as ourselves, we’d want to tell them about the greatest thing to ever happen to us—Jesus Christ. We’d want to see them saved from the fires of hell and unto eternal life with our Heavenly Father. And—if we truly love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind—we’d surely want to obey His commands, and take His vision to heart.
So, the vision that Jesus set in Matthew 28 is still to be our vision today. No matter what we are involved in job-wise, no matter what our responsibilities are, let one of our underlying desires be: “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them…teaching them…”
Who knows, you may have a divine appointment at the grocery store today; or at lunch with your fellow workers; or _____ (fill in the blank). Jesus Christ is worth sharing!