[Jesus] said to [the Eleven], “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
A Big Job
My wife and I assign different jobs to our children based on their age. The six-year-old is responsible for setting the table and clearing the dishes. The four-year-old needs to pick up her toys. With the two-year-old, we are just happy if he can brush his own teeth with limited assistance. We give our children different chores because we know it would be disastrous if the two-year-old tried to set out the glasses for dinner, and we want our six-year old to be able to do more than just brush her own teeth.
Before he ascended back to heaven, Jesus’ final instructions were given to a group of disciples who just weeks earlier had abandoned him. These were the same disciples who over their last three years had often been slow to believe and listen, but quick to doubt and interject. Yet it is to these same disciples that Jesus gives one of the most significant tasks the world has ever known: preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Jesus’ instruction to us is still the same today. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Wherever we find ourselves in life, we are to intentionally bring the good news of Jesus who was crucified and raised to life, for the forgiveness of sins and life with God. Like the disciples we are to make this our mission, and like the disciples we are woefully unqualified for it.
We might be tempted to think this is a recipe for disaster, like asking a two-year-old to set the table. We may say, the job is too big and we are too small. However, Jesus never gives us a task without equipping us for that task. Jesus never gives us a command and then leaves us alone. Instead he provides for what he commands. Yes, the work of being Christ’s witnesses in all the world is nothing short of monumental. But in every circumstance Jesus gives us everything we need to share his gospel of salvation.
So, we go out into the world, wherever it is that we go, and we do this magnificent thing of bringing the good news of Jesus with us.
Jesus, be with us as we take your gospel to the ends of the earth. Motivate us, strengthen us, equip us, and enable us to be your witnesses in all the world. Amen.