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Have We Forgotten What Jesus Said? Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 week series helping us live out our faith in real life. You can check out part 1 here.

Jesus used verbs. He was all about action, even in the quiet moments. In Matthew he calls us beyond the comfortable promises to something more, something bigger, something scarier.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Four verbs. Go. Make. Baptize. Teach. They’re simple enough, but in real life they seem so much bigger.

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Going is hard. It means I have to get up from this cocoon that I’ve built and go out into the world where it’s hot and cold and different and uncertain.

Making, well that means I have to actually interact with people. People who may not be like me. People who may think differently or be strangers or (even scarier) be part of my community.

Baptizing feels so religious. I know, it’s not. I know it’s about Jesus, but if I take it this far people are going to know I’m different. And not just a little different. Like full on, hard-core. I’m not good at hard-core.

Teaching seems easy… Sunday School. But out there in the real world beyond the felt boards and goldfish crackers, teaching about Jesus seems arrogant, and a bit like I’m clomping through the house in my mom’s heels pretending to be something I clearly am not.

All of this action feels hard. And it scares me. But it’s not optional. Faith is like a choose your own adventure book. We may know how it’s all going to end, but the decisions we make along the way affect far more than our own path.

If Jesus wanted us to build a comfortable life that is safe and predictable, He would have mentioned that. Instead He chose his limited red words in the middle of all the black ones to challenge us to be more, to do more than we think we can. And then He reminds us that He’ll be there the whole time. When you know you’re not alone the scary things seem a little less scary.

Next week we’ll look at how we can put these verbs into practice in our life, even if we have to take baby steps and hold hands!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

3 Replies

  1. I love the way you picked out the verbs because they are the main thrust of that verse. They are easy to write but not easy to put into practice. Neighbour at Holley’s

  2. Truth! Thanks for these wise words : ) His Word is amazing, and I’m grateful to read these posts about remembering what He really says.

    Love and blessings from a #TellHisStory sister.

  3. Thank you for the reminder to be more about action than comfort. Someone said to me recently, “If we would just put into practice what we know from the scriptures we would turn the world upside down! Ouch! Blessings to you! Tammy

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