No, I didn’t mean “Rest and Relaxation” for the Great Commission. God knows we (the Church) have given the Great Commission a long enough “Rest and Relaxation” period that it was never intended to have. The “R and R” that I was referring to is “Reclaiming and Renaming” the Great Commission so we can restore it to the priority and relevancy it is supposed to have in our lives and in the life of the Church. Let me explain…
Reclaiming the Great Commission: Jesus gave us what is referred to as the Great Commission as his last and lasting mandate before ascending into Heaven. Of all the things He could have given as His last instructions to the Disciples it was this. Not a reminder about prayer, worship, tithing, fasting, reading Scriptures. Not that any of these are bad things. They are good things! But the gauntlet He threw down was for us to make disciples who make disciples, and I feel we have done our darndest to delegate it, abdicate it, avoid it, forget it…you get the idea. It’s time to take it back and bring it into focus as the priority of the Church. If there is one thing that we get right it needs to be this! It needs to be reclaimed.
Renaming the Great Commission: That’s right, it’s time for a name change. I learned from my boss, Greg Stier, that “the Great Commission” as a name hasn’t been around that long in comparison to the Church. It seems to have emerged in the 18th century and was used as a rallying cry of Church leaders like Hudson Taylor and William Cary to inspire young adults to join the movement of foreign mission service. “Join us on the Great Commission!” I’m sure in the 1700’s that would have gotten some folks fired up, but what does it mean anymore. It’s not a term that most teens or other church attenders would recognize anymore. So what do we call it now? What makes sense?
THE Cause: Everyone, I don’t care who you are, wants to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves and they want to be a part of it with others. It’s how God created us. We have a desire for community and a desire for purpose. So instead of getting behind some random cause our friends invite to join on Facebook why not get behind THE Cause of all causes, THE Cause that compelled Jesus Christ and His ministry here on earth. Jesus Himself provides us with clear insight into what He was all about in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek those who are lost.” Not only does He share with us what His Cause is, but He invites us into THE Cause with Him in Matthew 28:19-20:
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.
I think it’s time to give what was formerly know as the Great Commission a little R and R! Are you with me? Live THE Cause!