Editor’s Note: This week I welcome guest blogger, Daymarr Jackson. In addition to his full-time day job, Daymarr is Faith Church’s youth leader, and a chaplain candidate in the PA Army National Guard. He is studying for his Master of Divinity at Evangelical Seminary (Kairos). He and his wife, Danielys, have two kids.
If hope captivates our heart, if the message of Jesus, if the Gospel, the Good News of Christ, truly captivates you and that’s where your hope truly lies, then share it with others. This kingdom, this hope that we have is not meant to be confined to the four walls of a church building. It’s not something that we should place our hope in just to come and sing songs on a Sunday morning, and then go talk about a sermon.
There are people that we work with, there are people in our families, people we come across in the grocery stores, people that we encounter on the streets that need this hope, that God wants to bring into his Kingdom. When Jesus came to this earth, he didn’t make it about elevating himself, he didn’t make it about making others bow down to him and just worship him all the time. No, he said, “Heal the sick, and feed the poor, and tell them that the kingdom is near.” (Luke 4:18-20; Mark 1:15) The Kingdom is not about talk or speech, but it’s about power. (1 Corinthians 4:20) He spoke in such a revolutionary way about this Kingdom that he wanted everyone to experience.
That desire for everyone to experience his Kingdom is why Jesus gives us the Great Commission, “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 28:16-20)
That’s what we normally hear recited in churches when people talk about the Great Commission. But right before that section Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, therefore go and make disciples.”
Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and the person who has all authority is now commissioning us, sending us out into the world. When we think of it in that way, that should create a paradigm shift, changing our perspective of the way that we view how we engage the world. If he has all power and authority, “if he is for us, who shall be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Our hope in Jesus gives us courage and boldness when we’re going out and we’re talking about our faith with others.