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The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20

“18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”

I was up all night with our 2 year old. He doesn’t seem to want to sleep through the night. At 5am I managed to go for a slow jog up the nearest hill. Sleep deprived I stumbled out the door at 7am to see how construction was going on the 4 new classrooms for our school. I saw 50 people standing around with no leader. I called our project manager and got him here to get people working. My frustration started to boil. But then it stopped or at least subsided. Yes, I did have a pointed conversation with the crew leader but it was different than my usual frustration.

I began to realize that our focus at City of Joy was on baptizing, teaching and discipleship. How I handled this situation was a reflection of faith to all of these workers. This wasn’t my problem. It was God who called us to a Matthew 28 ministry. Certainly a 30 minute delay wasn’t earth shattering. As God has grown me over the years I try to keep in perspective life’s challenges. If Jesus was calling us to a ministry of discipleship then it starts in EVERY area of my life. I thank God for moments of clarity and focus because I must confess sometimes I miss the point entirely!

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