Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
Written by: Larry Van Laar
When God called Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn them of their impending judgement and destruction, all of the pride of what being a Hebrew meant to Jonah welled up inside of him in complete rebellion. In Jonah’s eyes the Ninevites were the scourge of the earth. Not just pagans, but the worst of human garbage. They were the untouchables and to think that God would take interest in them was unthinkable. Have you been there?
As Christians, we know it’s not Godly or even polite to say out loud or secretly to ourselves that some people are just too broken, too lost, too sinful, or too evil for an all knowing, gracious, and merciful God to take interest in them.
This may even apply to someone who isn’t as evil as the Ninevites but worships a different god or comes from a different culture than your own. At some point or level, we have all thought this to be true about at least one individual or even a whole race. Why? Because we too are sinners of the greatest degree. We are more sinful than we can imagine and more broken thank we realize. Here’s the good news: our heavenly Father loves all of His creation more than we could possibly comprehend or imagine.
God’s love for His creation means all nations and all people. We don’t get to choose who Jesus bestows His grace upon. Jonah learned this the hard way. It doesn’t matter where they’ve been, what they’ve done, or what’s been done to them. That’s why this verse in Matthew is not merely a suggestion; It is a command from Jesus that all people matter. We are the ones called to tell them of this great news. If you are a follower of Jesus, it is your call. It is your mission to use the gifts God has given you to spread the Good News. It is the Great Commission.
Thought of the day: We often judge others by their actions and judge ourselves by our intentions. We should look at others through the eyes of a Father who loves all of His children, whether their actions or intentions seem right to us or not.
Prayer: God, help me to see all of Your children through Your eyes. May my own self-interest not get in the way of what You want to accomplish through me. May I always be aware of Your leading and promptings through Your Holy Spirit. Amen.