Each month I write an article for a local magazine, Up In Cumming, and as always, I enjoy sharing them with you guys, too. Hope you enjoy it!
I know a thing or two about instruction lists. My husband and I have 3 kids, and my oldest often babysits for us when we have meetings or a date. We spell out specific instructions about what we expect them to do while we are away. Sometimes, we even write out the list to aid their failing memories.
Now, what do you think is the first thing I do when we return home? You got it: I check to see if they’ve completed their list!
When Jesus lived on the earth, He, too, spent time teaching His followers what He expected them to do….how to live….how to love…..how to honor their Heavenly Father. Just before He ascended into Heaven after His crucifixion, He gave His final instructions. And, just like a parent would do before leaving their children at home, He explained what He expected them to do while He was away. Take a look with me at His words:
Matthew 28: 18Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Think of those words as instructions for living. Essentially, Jesus was saying, “God has put Me in charge of everything, and I have specific instructions so that my Father’s plan for humanity will be accomplished. Here they are: Use your influence to teach other people about Me. Teach them about my love. Teach them my commands so they can obey Me. Nothing else is as important in your life as this.”
If, as parents, my husband and I check to see if our children have accomplished the tasks we assign to them, how much more do you think our Heavenly Father is checking to see if we are accomplishing the tasks He assigns to us? That’s good food for thought, friends.
No matter who we are or what we do, we can follow the most important instruction list ever given and leverage our influence with people for the good of God’s Kingdom.
Are you a stay at home mom? No, you are an influencer of children who will become fully devoted followers of Christ!
Do you work just to make a living or provide your family with insurance benefits? No, you are an agent of God in a world that needs integrity, Godly character, and grace.
Are you a leader in a civic group? No, you are influencer who can leverage your position to change the way people think about God and His church!
Are you a weekly shopper in stores in our community? No, you are a representative of God’s goodness and kindness as you interact with the people who see you every week!
It’s your turn, Forsyth. Who can YOU influence?