Read Mt. 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8
We had just finished a phenomenal moment near the Church of the Beatitudes (near the Sea of Galilee), the traditional site where Jesus gave the famous Sermon on the Mount. A member of our tour group, a believer who is a well known soap opera star (you read it right!) gave a dramatic monologue of the sermon on the mount. He captivated our hearts with his presentation. (He has memorized, by the way, major portions of the Gospels and has created wonderful, dramatic monologues).
Digging around the fertile soil of the ancient land and writings.
Immediately following this momentous experience, we were asked to take a silent, meditative walk toward the shore of the Sea of Galilee. We commenced walking. I marveled at the beauty of the surroundings. I observed so many places and objects that Jesus probably used as part of His object lessons in His parables – lilies of the field, stony ground, sparrows chirping. The words of that Sermon rolled through my mind over and over again.
We all ended up at a place with a big rock and wondered why we stopped there. Our tour guide explained that we were standing at the “traditional” site where it is believed Jesus gave the Great Commission. Recognizing that many of these traditional sites may not be the actual place for a particular parable or event, nonetheless, the moment struck deep in my heart.
We just finished pondering the practical truths of the Sermon on the Mount, observed God’s beauty expressed in nature in that part of Israel and, whammo, we come to the rock that commemorates the Great Commission. How profound and how appropriate!
We all felt a sense of a Holy hush, where God was speaking to us and saying, “Yes, you who hunger and thirst and are poor in spirit and meek – it is YOU that I want to use to spread my love, my truth, my gospel to the ends of the earth”. It was like we were being recommitted to the Great Commission by God in that very spot.
(This is not the exact stone but a very close replica to the Great Commission stone.)
How can this apply to your situation today?
- Revisit the words of the Great Commission in Mt. 28 and Acts 1.
- Recognize that you don’t have to “arrive” at some level of spirituality to be used by God to spread His Word.
- Recommit today to being available to God to simply speak in His name, in His love and with His truth.
- Rejoice as you watch God use you perhaps in a deeper way than He has ever used you before.
Sometimes, the Great Commission is our great omission!