Monday, July 30, 2012

More Than Just Go

Sitting at our little table, a family smack dab in the mission field, serving for years, I dared to ask?  Biting my lip, I held my Bible and read over and over again our family's heart cry.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28:19-20

Go ... we had lived the word, from orphanages in Thailand, to the jungle huts of Panama.  Disciple, we served in a discipleship school, opening our home and lives to share with young people the joy of knowing God and making Him known.  Teach, we taught the Word, straight up.

But how to do it all ...  Baptize them in all names.  Then smack dab it hit me, I flipped through to find what happened at Jesus' baptism.

When Jesus made the plunge, God himself spoke telling His Son how much he loved him.  Baptize them in God's love.  Shout it loud.  Splash around if you have to, making sure people are saturated with His love.  Walk in it.  Know it.  Live it.  Share it.

Jesus himself, isn't He the Word.  Soak them in the Word of God.  Wash them.  It gets the junk out of lives, cleans off the dirt, sets people on the right path as it lights the way.

And the Holy Spirit, plum came and baptized people as well.  Power that changed men's lives.  Cowardly, afraid, in hiding the disciples waited.  When the Holy Spirit came, His power changed their lives, ruined them for the ordinary.  Once men shaking in their boots, these same men stood boldly in the streets and proclaimed the message of true joy.

Wrapped up in a verse, more words than just go.

Love   Truth   Power

May we love with abandon and lead people to God's love.  May we always walk in the truth of the Word, saturating our lives daily.  May we never give up, walking in the power to boldly proclaim the message of Jesus.


elizabeth said...

What great thoughts...I'll never see that verse quite the same. Thanks!

Nicole Watson said...

That is my prayer also. A great reflection. Holy Spirit is the most patient and powerful teacher.

momstheword said...

Amen! I love how you said "His power changed their lives, ruined them for the ordinary."

So true. Once we truly know and experience what it's like to have the Lord working in our lives, how could we want anything less? Yet still, I get in His way so often trying to "help," lol!

I think it's awesome that you're in missions! Hope you are transitioning back o.k!

momstheword said...

Forgot to say nice to meet you too!

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

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