Hunters for the Gospel

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.

Our Lord Jesus Christ set a most excellent example of how an unswerving desire to spread the Gospel will keep us on the move. He was always traveling through the regions of Judea and Galilee, reaching as far northeast to the city of Caesarea, Philippi. He even took a pit stop in Samaria at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman. The apostles did not see the command from Jesus to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19) as strange or surprising, because they knew by their Lord’s example that spreading the truth of the Gospel will automatically take them into all nations.

The word “go” in the Great Commission set 2,000 years ago in many cases has been followed, but not finished. When we become Christians, God refines us and makes us into new hunters, searching and looking for those who are lost. The unfortunate truth is that many of us have lost the desire to become hunters, and have now instead resorted to trapping and waiting for those around us to become Christians. As hunters we should be proactively moving and following the direction where what we are hunting is causing us to go. Unfortunately, our attitude has changed. We expect unbelievers to come to us.

The unwillingness for most Christians comes from the word “go.” This word always points to a direction, and in most cases when it’s used people have to leave something behind. The word has become unsettling to most Christians because we are not used to it anymore. The Christian life should not be a comfortable life, but a life full of direction and purpose. Right now the “go” commanded to us by Christ points to the nations where there are unbelievers who have not heard.

Great Missionary Lives: C.T. Studd

Though C.T. Studd passed away in 1931, his white-hot zealousness can still be felt today. He was one of the “Cambridge Seven”, seven men who offered themselves for missionary service to Hudson Taylor. During his service in China, C.T. Studd inherited a large inheritance from his father. He and his wife eventually decided to give it all away for work in missions and ministry work. His sacrifice was not just with money. Years later he went to present day Sudan and spread the gospel there until he died. C.T. Studd also had a way with words. His poetry and quotes are inspiring and deep. 

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee

Read his story here.

Read his poem here.

 

5 Principles of a Good Leader

According to the Bible we are all ministers of reconciliation, but despite this, the work of the ministry can be difficult to do, much more persevere in. In this article Jenni Catron writes on 5 principles that can encourage us as we all do the work of ministry. She encourages us to:

  1. Value people over tasks.
  2. Lead yourself well to lead others better.
  3. Love learning and be intentional not to plateau.
  4. Look after our emotional and physical health.
  5. Deal with symptoms of leadership demise.

Leadership means taking people along the way and I know that I need to be intentional to slow down, to see people, to engage. When I do this, the results of valuing people over tasks have a far greater reward than the reward of knowing the task is complete. This is more Christ-like anyway and Jesus’ concern for people needs to be reflected in my leadership form and function.

Read the whole thing.