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 nations, 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)
Can you imagine the spiritual whiplash the disciples are feeling as they hear these words? Jesus called, “Let’s go!” And they went. Then there was that jolting stop at the cross. Oh, wait. He’s alive again. But he can’t stay. And they still have this job to do. So they can’t stay either. Ready… Go! Into all the world. It’s enough to make anyone motion (or emotionally) sick. But Jesus promised to always be with them. And he sent the Spirit. And they went into all the world.
Times have changed, but the mission has not. The nations still need Jesus. Christians remain a ‘sent’ people. As we are busy going, it is important to notice something about the world around us – we are not alone in our mobility. There is no better illustration of this than your local university. Consider the stats in the following photo put together by C3Tempe.org (check out their website!):
Isn’t that amazing (and hard to read in this format)? That’s 60,000 students on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. A wave of 8,800 international students from 125 countries is expected to graduate over the next several years. Many of these will return home to positions of influence. What better place to reach the world than the place where the world is gathering? We intend to plant a church that can help establish a dynamic campus ministry to reach this incredibly diverse population.
That’s something worth praying about if you have a moment! As you pray, reflect on Jesus’s words in Matthew 28:18-20. Who is right in front of you? Who is God sending your way? Where might he be sending you? How is your life geared to “go and make disciples?”
And remember, you’re not alone. Jesus has all power and authority and has promised to go with you.