Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Great Suggestion?

Do you know the difference between a command and a suggestion?  A suggestion is something that we might do, if we feel like it.  A command is something we must do, whether we feel like it or not.  When your boss tells you to have something done by 5:00, is that just a suggestion?  When you tell your kids to clean their room, is that a command or suggestion?  Is a notice to appear in court a suggestion?  What about the words of Jesus?

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.  Matthew 28:19 (emphasis mine)

Is this statement from Jesus merely a suggestion?  Maybe it is just for those few who have been "called" to the mission field.  Surely this isn't a command that Jesus meant for everyone, right? This passage in Matthew records Jesus' last words to his disciples.  He commanded them to go and make more disciples.  What if these disciples had said, "Um, thanks but I don't feel called?"

You and I are part of the Kingdom today because someone answered the call to "Go."  Somewhere you heard the good news that Jesus loves you and died to save you.   I bet there's someone around us right now that needs to hear this same good news.  

Jesus said to Go.  Will you obey?

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:23-24
23.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24.  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.


  1. I love the way you put that. Jesus did not suggest we go, He commanded us to go. I will obey! I will go!

  2. Yikes...I want to obey and maybe that's what He's working on me about now. I need to learn to be bold and GO. There's so many people that need to hear and if I keep it a secret that's really bad. Thanks for this very convicting post ;-)

  3. I always like to compare my relationship to Jesus like a being a Knight to a King. It is your choice to dedicate your life to the service of that king - your talents, your strength, your land, et al. And, when you freely give your allegiance to your King - then you are eager for the command to serve a mighty and noble king. It is a suggetion when you think you have a choice, when you have not fully dedicated all that is within and without of you to a King, your allegiance is not secured.

    In this culture of grey matter we live in it's hard to remember that God's Kingh as a lot of black and white issues!

  4. I came to Christ as a child in Sunday School at age 11. Sometimes you just have to go as far as being involved at your own church to fulfill this command. I am grateful that Sister Rhinehart was there to share the gospel with me!

  5. Excellent point Lisa.

    I think sometimes we tend to make commands into suggestions for one reason or another, usually to fit our comfort levels. We need to step outside ourselves and follow His Word to grow in His Kingdom.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Awesome post Lisa! For years I made excuses to not follow His command. (I just can't talk to people. I'll drive people away by being to forward. I can witness by my actions without telling people. They won't listen anyway. Etc., etc., etc.) Now that my daughter has been murdered, I have a new found boldness to go and tell. Thanks for posting this!