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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Oct 11

Written by: Andries
Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:15:08 AM  RssIcon

It is twenty centuries after Jesus gave us the great commission to follow God’s mission to invite the world to the light of God as his ambassadors. God still has no other plan than counting on his people, on you and me, to tell others about his love for us in Christ.
God wants us and everyone else to proclaim the Gospel that God loved us so much that he gave us his only Son that if we believe in him, we will have eternal life. He is counting on us to let this news go “viral” that we are, for Christ sake, eternally redeemed.
 
The Master’s final instructions are clear:
Matthew 28: 18 – 20. 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.”
 
What would you think of someone who finds a cure for cancer and keeps it a secret and only allows himself and his family to benefit from it?
We know the cure for spiritual death and eternal damnation.
Shall we not share this amazingly good news with everyone? The Word calls on all our members, councils and ministries to serve others, so that many will be saved for true life in Christ in his eternal kingdom. 
 
Jesus commissioned the church to go and make disciples of all nations. This is his Father’s mission and he invites us to join him as his very own ambassadors to accomplish what he made possible through his death and resurrection.
Jesus speaks as the One who has all power and authority in heaven and on earth. He speaks as the One who has authority over us.
He is speaking as the One who has the authority to give eternal life.
 
What Jesus chooses to do with his sovereign authority is to count on his friends, you and me, and as such on his church, to share the Good News of his love, redemption and victory with everyone and every nation.
What Jesus wants is more renewed, passionate followers to, with a sense of urgency, tell of his love and resurrection that all may believe in him and become God’s children.
What Jesus prays for, as we read this, is an obedient church that stands as one in announcing the coming of his life giving kingdom!
What incredible love and grace!
 
Christ chooses to be with us, guarding us, protecting us and sharing his power with us when we join his 2000 year old family of disciple making followers and ambassadors.
 
No matter where we go and no matter what we face, Christ is right there beside us saying: "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."(Mat 28:20)
 
We do not follow God’s mission alone. We are not on our own.
We walk the talk of our redeeming King step by step beside our almighty, glorious Lord.
    

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