October 18 (Matthew 28:19-20)
Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I
am with you always, to the end of the age. (ESV)
For the past three weeks, we have looked at the absurdity of blaming non-Christians for not living as Christians and of thinking purely human solutions will ever bring lasting change to the problems of our day. We also saw the Christian logic of Paul that led to the inescapable conclusion that we must tell others about Jesus.
Now let’s get personal. I have gone out to eat at a restaurant not of my choosing simply because a friend wanted to go there. When we are in relationships with people, we like to do the things that they want to do. If we take Jesus seriously and if we take seriously our relationship with Him, then His final words to us must inspire all we do. We must go out to those who do not know Him and tell them about Him. We must teach His teachings. We must baptize, both literally and by bathing everything we do, say, and think, not just in the privacy of our homes, but out in the world, in the reality of Who He is.
Lord, I need courage. Give me the boldness to share my faith in both word and deed. Help me not to waste my life by keeping the greatest news of all time a secret. In the name of Jesus, Who was not ashamed to die for me, amen.
Copyright © 2015 by Steven R. Perkins