And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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: 18-20
We have all worked with “that guy.” You know, “that guy” that no matter what position he holds at your work place he thinks he is in charge. He does things he shouldn’t do, he makes decisions he shouldn’t make and he always has a better way of doing things.
I’ve managed many people in my career but the most difficult type of person to manage is a “know it all.” They barely can complete their daily tasks, yet they know how to run things more smoothly, make more money and complete tasks faster. They are constantly doing things in ways that, in their mind are better, but in reality cause greater problems for the company as a whole. No matter how many times you tell them, they are incapable of keeping to their job description.
Isn’t that what we do as Christians? As men of God, we sometimes take on tasks that don’t belong to us. We heap kingly responsibilities onto our plates without even completing the tasks we were assigned to.
For the sake of this comparison, let’s look at Matthew 28:18-20 as the general Christian job description.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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.”
We are to make disciples, baptize and teach obedience to all nations. Being the “know it alls” that we are, we try to convert, condemn and judge. Instead of making disciples, we bully people to try and align them with our beliefs. Instead of baptizing, we judge people for their shortcomings. Instead of teaching obedience we condemn them for their sin and instead of being promoters of Christ; we act like His security guards. We try to pick and choose who is allowed to hear His message and who is deserving of His salvation. In our insubordination, we repel the world to the good news that we are intended to preach. As you move forward today ask yourself these questions:
Do my daily actions demonstrate obedience to God ?
Do I withhold the message of salvation to those people I deem unworthy?
Do I speak words of hope or words of judgment?
Am I repelling or attracting people to Jesus Christ?
Don’t allow yourself to become insubordinate in God’s kingdom.
Written by Jim Lang: Jim is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 55; Proverbs 26
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Daily Quote: Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love. ~Rick Warren
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is better to trust in the Lord; Than to put confidence in man. ~Psalm 118:8 (NKJV)