Often times, the assumption is made that ministry is in essence, merely a line of work. We truly fail to understand this term not defined within a title, but as Christians, a way of life. In the Gospel of Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus’ earthly ministry has come to an end, and He delivers to the disciples His last words which are known as “The Great Commission.” Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete 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.”  

Please understand something here. Jesus does NOT say you are required to be of a certain age or height, there is NO final exam to pass, and here’s the kicker…you are NOT even expected to have all of the answers either. Christ instructed the disciples with one simple action…GO!

Up until this point, the mission of the twelve had been restricted by Jesus mainly to the Jews. However, their message following this was to become worldwide. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior through baptism, discipleship is not something you acquire by learning an equation, but by living life through a covenant commitment with God’s people. The very significance of a covenant revolves within a relationship. Jesus explains the Parable of the Lost Coin in previous scripture reference yet closes with “In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” (Luke 15:10)

Friends, the angels of God rejoice when ONE person comes to know Christ. Imagine all of the un-tapped joy to be found in churches and in communities if more people actually shared the love and concern for the lost, NOT just the righteous!

I caution you to avoid only exposing yourself with others whom are already saved, and I challenge you to higher levels of obedience.

Who is it that He has placed upon your heart? Is there a co-worker at the office, a member of the PTA, a neighbor down the street, or someone within your own family? I urge you to shut down the whispers from the enemy that tell you you’re not good enough, or intelligent enough, or equipped enough to disciple anyone.

I am saying to you today that Jesus IS enough. Stop making excuses for all of the reasons why you “can’t” and in His love, just GO!

Stefanie Calens