My first inkling, albeit judgemental, when reading the story about the woman who witnessed to the penniless guy at Starbucks was, “if he was just kicked out of his home and was penniless, then why was he in line at a Starbucks?” Ugh. I really loathe myself sometimes. WHY am I like that?! Could I not see the story for what it really was?! A chance opportunity where God Almighty came and met someone where they needed Him?!
Today’s scriptures are Matthew 28:16, The Great Commission and Mark’s rendition of the Great Commission in Mark 16:14-20.
16–17 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.
18–20 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.”
The Great Commission
14 Afterward mhe appeared pto the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their qunbelief and rhardness of heart, because sthey had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, t“Go into all the world and uproclaim the gospel to vthe whole creation. 16 wWhoever believes and is xbaptized ywill be saved, but zwhoever wdoes not believe will be condemned. 17 And athese signs will accompany those who believe: bin my name they will cast out demons; cthey will speak in new tongues; 18 dthey will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; ethey will lay their hands fon the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, gafter he had spoken to them, hwas taken up into heaven and isat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while jthe Lord worked with them and confirmed kthe message lby accompanying signs.]]
I think, after reading these scriptures, how frustrated I am with myself. How many planned, chance encounters have I missed, walked away from, just flat out disobeyed because of my own pride? There’s a lady we go to church with, we’ve grown up with her, she’s our age and also with her husband helps out with our youth group. I was watching her one Wednesday night after youth group as she was genuinely talking with some ladies in our church who I think are so annoying. They are needy, clingy, and invade my personal space when I do talk to them. I keep my distance with them because I worry that if I do talk to them that they’ll latch on to me and not let go. But Jackie was talking with them, interacting and doing the things I know I should do. Sharing the love of God with them. Why am I selective as to whom I share God’s love with? It was the realization that Jackie was so much more suited for God’s work and was so much better than I. God doesn’t necessarily love her more or me any less but he may entrust more to her.
I still have so much to learn about the Lord. It’s truly a daily struggle with myself. I know I love God and I’m so thankful that He doesn’t EVER give up on me.