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The Task & The Authority

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

Can you imagine meeting Jesus out on the road one day and being given a task to perform?  Such was the case of a Pharisee named Saul.  Funny thing about Saul though was that he was already in the midst of a certain task. You see Saul had such an anger against people who believed in Jesus Christ. So he had gone to the High Priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way (Christian believers), whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem (Acts 9:2). 

You might say Saul was commissioned—meaning he was given certain powers and authority to carry out a particular task—in this case he was commissioned to stop the spreading of the gospel message—“The Way” as it was known.  Fortunately for you and I (and the world) God had a different plan for Saul. His plan included giving Saul a new revelation, a new identity, and a new name—Paul. Paul’s commission was to be a chosen vessel of the Lord, and He was to bear His name before Gentiles, Kings, and the children of Israel—he was to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ (Acts 9:15). 

Paul had met Jesus personally and it would forever change his life and the lives of mankind.  Jesus had given Paul a purpose for his life, and Paul would give his very life to complete this purpose.  This is a very important testimony for us to understand and meditate upon because Jesus has commissioned each and every one of us who have received His free gift of forgiveness and promise of eternal life.  He has told His followers to go out and make more disciples, and to teach them everything He has taught us—we are to share the gospel message wherever we go and whenever possible (Matt. 28:19-20; cf. 10:7), and then teach them the Word of God.    

It is interesting to me how we are living in a time where there aren’t enough jobs available for those who need to work, and yet Jesus has actually said there is more work than workers when it comes to sharing the good news about Jesus Christ.  

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Matthew 9:37 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to remember, Jesus has commissioned you to a particular task.  Make this your highest priority within your heart, and the Lord will help you with completing it.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to sharing the gospel message and making new disciples of Jesus Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you regularly looking for an opportunity to share what Jesus has done for you with others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to bring others into your life so you can share Jesus with them.  Ask God for the boldness and wisdom to speak this great message. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for commissioning me to undertake this task of sharing Jesus with others, and for giving me Your authority.  Help me to be bold when I am tempted to keep silent. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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