Saturday, January 10, 2009

Closer: 30 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Day 10: Go

Let's use our imaginations for a second. Jesus has just died. Here is this guy that we've been following for a few years now. He was the one that was supposed to change the world, make everything wrong with the world right and turn our lives upside down. But now... Now he just dies?

Think of how his disciples must of felt for those three days before he rose from the dead. Just look what they decided to do after they found the empty tomb. According to John's account, they went back home and locked their doors in fear.

But as suddenly as he had left them, Jesus returned to bring good news. He was alive and well and would be sending his spirit soon. In his final moments with them he gives some of the most important instructions we Christians will ever hear.

Matthew 28:19-20
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
He tells them to GO, which stands in stark contrast to the disciples hiding in fear. We the Church must never forget this commandment. God is not in our buildings. He is not in our programs. He is in us and we shouldn't be stingy with him. We can't just try to make people meet us where we are. We have to GO to be able to share him with others.

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