By Zach Wood
Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
There have been many times in my past years in which I have taken things way too seriously. There have been times that I should have laughed, but I got bent out of shape. There have been times when a joke was cracked, but I was in too serious of a mood and didn’t laugh.
The opposite is also true. There have been times when something serious was going on and I chose to goof off and got in trouble. There have been times when someone needed a friend to talk to and I just laughed and didn’t care. Sometimes, we all goof off when we need to be serious. Other times, we are too serious when we need to lighten up.
Imagine the life of Jesus as He walked this earth and talked to so many people about His loving Father. He was all about getting the message out to people. Nothing was more important than His mission to share with others and to share with His closest men how to go about this mission of making disciples. I think there are times of course that Jesus and His men had a great time laughing and telling stories, but there were so many times when He was very serious about the mission He was teaching them.
Friends and family, it seems these days we hold too loosely the mission that Christ gave us. We “laugh” it off and go about our daily routines. Sure we believe in Him, but are we really dedicated to a life of sharing with others the Great Commission? De we really take His command seriously to share with others the greatest news we’ve ever known? Are we committed to reaching others with the love of Christ and helping them to come and know Christ?
Jesus sends us on the same mission He sent His men on. He wants us to seriously take this message to heart and share with others. Teaching them and baptizing them into Christ so that their lives are never the same. But it doesn’t end there. We must continue to encourage and help them understand. It’s a lifelong process and we need to be better about it.
Jesus wants us to have fun and enjoy life for sure. But He also wants us to take this mission seriously and share with others.