The Great Commission
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)
Ana M. Buela is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every year she returns to her family's beach house for a time of rest and relaxation. While there, she visits the park where her family and friends planted trees years ago. What completes the scene are the natural inhabitants of this area - ovenbirds, woodpeckers, and larks.
Early one morning, Ana noticed the larks flying down to the park with their chicks to teach them to find food. Each day for several weeks, Ana observed the larks searching the grass for insects while their chicks chirped, eager to be fed. Under the watchful eye of the parents, the chicks gradually ventured father and father away.
While watching these birds, Ana saw a similarity with her faith journey. Early in her journey, she relied on more mature believers to teach her the word of God. Over time she learned the importance of prayer and maintaining a strong bond with God. Even as she continues to grow in her faith, Ana wonders: Do I move forward, confidently taking flight to carry the message of salvation to others? Or do I remain close to the nest because I am not yet ready to fly?
God calls us to active discipleship and to preach the gospel to all creation. With God's help, we can answer this call.
Prayer: God of creation, grant us the wisdom and strength to grow in our faith and become more like Jesus, earnest in sharing the gospel with others, in Jesus' name. Amen.