Wednesday, November 12, 2003

One More For Jesus

Go and make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:19)

The “Great Commission” began with a directive from Jesus to his apostles to make disciples of all the nations. I’m sure it seemed like an impossible task for the eleven individuals at the time. After Jesus’ death, the apostles had taken to a life of fear and doubt. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, these same men would be transformed, and would become bold, powerful preachers of the gospel who would change the world.

The “Great Commission” continues today. I was reminded of that recently when I heard a powerful message from Rick Warren, who shared the story of his father who had dedicated his life to serving Jesus. On his deathbed, his father struggled to get out of bed, and repeated nearly one-hundred times, "Got to save one more for Jesus!" He then turned it into a directive to his son: "Save one more for Jesus!" Warren would become the leader of one of the largest churches in the country, and his book “The Purpose Driven Life” is currently a best-seller.

The “Great Commission” applies to each one of us who has accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Our individual directive from the Lord may not be as vast as making disciples of all the nations, but it may be to live our lives with the desire to reach “One More For Jesus!”