“Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.


Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age’.” Matthew 28:16-20 (MSG)



As Jesus was getting ready to depart from the disciples, he had one final commission to give them. The disciples were to go out and share the work of God in their life with others. However, even before Jesus gave them this message, some held back. They had seen so much that had happened in the past few weeks; they just weren’t sure that they could fully embrace this life of faith. Jesus, knowing the task at hand and the hearts of these people, gave them something they didn’t request. Although He gave them a mission, He also gave them permission to do it. Jesus took His authority and passed it on to them. The mission was massive; they would spend their days working to fulfill it. Yet, the God of the universe was giving them authority and permission to carry out this work. 


As followers of Jesus, we have the same mission to share our faith with others. Yet, even in this commission, Jesus didn’t give them the exact guidelines of how they were supposed to fulfill this command. He just told them the command and gave them permission. We know the “what” of faith, but sometimes we can get stuck in the “how” of sharing our faith. Jesus knew that each person would follow a different journey; they would meet different people, travel to different places, and have different vocations. Yet, the message and command would remain the same. Sometimes as we try to outwork this command in our lives, we can get stuck on figuring out how. So instead of obeying, we wait for permission. We wait for God to tell us to go on that mission trip, start a new career, or go to school. While we need God’s direction and wisdom so that we are making decisions that would honor Him, we have to remember that we can outwork this command anywhere and at anytime. We don’t have to wait for a platform to tell someone about Jesus. We don’t have to wait to memorize the Bible before we tell someone how He has set us free. Wherever you find yourself today is a place where God can use you. If you find yourself waiting and wondering where to start, remember that you not only have a mission but permission to outwork God’s call in your life. 


Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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