This week, I want to take an Easter interlude to reflect on the events of last weekend. We saw Jesus gather with His disciples to share one last meal, and then go into the garden to pray. We saw His trial, His crucifixion, and burial. We experienced the grief of His disciples that their Master was gone, and we experienced the Easter morning joy that He had risen and was alive.
After His resurrection Jesus gave instructions to His disciples that because He had all authority in heaven and on earth, He was sending them to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that He had command them. He reminded them that He would be with them all the days until the end of the age. He told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.
We want to be obedient to Jesus. We don’t have to wait for the Holy Spirit. He is here with us already. We do want to go, and as we go, make disciples and teach them the full victorious and glorious story of Jesus. As we’ve been seeing over the last weeks, there are many ways that we can go about making disciples. We’ve seen that we can interact with our neighbors, connect with people at work, welcome international students. We can go to the mission field. We can bring people into our homes. We do all these things because we want to be obedient to Jesus.
Jesus told His disciples something else that was very important for them and for us. He reminded them of the need to love one another as a verification to the world that Jesus is God’s Son and as authentication of our relationship to God and to one another. It is critical that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we love each other well.
I have been extremely blessed as I have come to witness the great variety of ways that you, our church body, are loving your neighbors, your community, and one another so well. Thank you for your obedience. Continue to grow in your love for others. Encourage one another. Ask God to lead you in sharing His story and His love. PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF OTHERS WHO ARE QUIETLY PRACTICING HOSPITALITY SO THAT I CAN SHARE THEIR STORIES.
There is a broken, hurting, dark world beyond the doors of our church. May we continue to carry God’s hope and light into our spheres of influence, individually and corporately.