The first disciples of Jesus spent three years listening to the Master’s teaching, watching Him work signs and wonders, perform miracles, and love people. They were amazed by both His words and His works. They were convinced that He was the Son of God especially after the resurrection. Yet, at this point in Mt.28:16,17 when the eleven disciples went to Galilee to meet Jesus at the mountain just before the ascension, when they saw Him, some worshiped and others doubted! We might think that it was ridiculous that any of them should doubt Jesus – who He was and what He did and was doing. I agree it was ridiculous, but even more ridiculous is the fact that many who call ourselves Christians today are no different from those doubting disciples in Mt.28! We sing about how great He is, how holy He is, how He loves people, how He came to save the lost and how we want to be like Him and surrender our lives to Him, yet we walk out of church each week unchanged. Many amongst us are so often not committed to holiness, nor His work, nor any sacrificial service towards one another, nor the work of saving souls, etc. We say in church, “God, it’s all about You” but we walk right out and live afterwards as though it’s all about us! What have we become? The truth is many Christians today have become a self-indulgent people. There are different degrees of this self-indulgence in everyone of us, myself included. And we have to do something about it. As we walk with the Lord today, maybe we should ask ourselves if we are the worshipers or the doubters. How committed are we to living everyday reflecting that it is indeed all about Him, not us? It is so easy to dress nice and smell good going to church each Sunday isn’t it? But what about rolling up our sleeves and getting serious in God’s work? What about reaching out and ministering to those who are quite different from us whether it is in their socio-economic background, or in the way they behave in church? “The light that shines furthest shines brightest at home”, said Oswald J Smith in his book, The Challenge of Missions. So let us not only love non-believers but also fellow church members. Let us minister not only to those outside church but also to those inside church. Let our light shine brightly at home, and the brighter we shine at home, the further we will also shine in society. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt.28:16-20)
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