As Jesus prepares to send out His followers He lets them in on the "Master Plan": they are to spread the word of what they've seen to all nations. That seems like a pretty lofty request to a ragtag group of fishermen and tax collectors. How would they be able to accomplish such an enormous task? Pause on that thought for a second. If you're involved in serving in the local church then maybe this same concern has crossed your thoughts: how do we go about reaching all of these people? Spend a day with a pastor, and you'll realize just how much need there is in the world. The job is enormous, and to be quite honest, it is impossible for any man to do. However, there is a part of the equation that we too often forget: Jesus tells the disciples to wait until they have received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Counselor that will guide them in this journey. When they are led by the Holy Spirit they can't go wrong, they can't miss ministry opportunities, and they can't not complete the job that Jesus had in store for them. Isn't it funny that, when Jesus prayed His priestly prayer He said that He had accomplished all that He was sent to do? What about those people who didn't hear the message? What about those who were sick and needed healing or who were poor and needed someone to care for them? Jesus was finished after 3 years!! And He left us to continue the work. We're not to complete it; we are to continue it. Isn't that refreshing? When the task looks too big we need to remember that we have a big God who sent His Spirit to help us; it's not our job to finish it all, but it is our job to continue making progress. Are you continuing the work of making disciples? If not, then you are missing God's call on your life.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.