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 nation, 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.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
Many years of my Clinical Nursing experience was devoted to the area of Home Health. As I progressed in my tenure, I was offered Nursing Administrative positions which translated into working in the office. The thought of not traveling in a 60-mile geographical area for 8-10 hours per day made me think that I had finally “paid my dues,” and I would be able to focus on the improving the quality of care from my office. Even so, there was an unspoken requirement, not only was I expected to fulfill my duties as an Administrator, I was required to be a backup clinical nurse when needed. Eventually, the responsibilities became so overwhelming that I quickly reached the burnout stage, and readily understood why there was such a high turnover for the position.
As believers, many of us have reached the Burnout Stage in our spiritual lives. We have placed our desires above the duty that God has given to each of us. In fact, we have forgotten about The Great Commission found in the 28th chapter of Matthew which is straightforward in defining our primary role in life.
“Go” is the command from God. There can be no misunderstandings or varied definitions for this word.
“Go” is a verb-which indicates action; it means to move from one place to another; travel; leave; depart.
Simply speaking, it is not enough for us to Attend church services, Study the Word of God, Pray without ceasing, and stay in our comfort zones of self- gratification.
God requires discipleship! Leaving our homes and sharing the great news of Salvation is the #1 priority and purpose for our lives.
There are so many individuals that need to know that God is love and He deeply cares for them.
Sacrificial giving extends beyond the giving of monies, there is a great Cost when fulfilling our role as a Disciple; putting aside our temporal pleasures, leaving our homes, and ministering to others through visitation.
Can you imagine the progress and hastening of Jesus’ Second Coming, if each of us took a 60-mile radius and ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of others?
Challenge for today: Pray for direction, leave your home, and make a face-to-face visit.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We want to do your will. Please forgive us for willful disobedience by not going out and spreading the good news of Salvation. We ask for your guidance as we seek to take a different path in our lives. Being your disciples and making new disciples is what you require of us, and we are ready to do as you command. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz