Why Matthew 28:19 Matters

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Picture: Thessaloniki, Greece –> Pray for this city!

Each day here in Greece, I pass by about 5 churches and each one of them is beautiful, grandeur, and a supposed place to worship the Lord. The Bible says Jesus is Lord, but I do not see Him being worshipped here. I DO NOT see people tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. I do not hear shouts of rejoicing from the bellows of a church a hall or sanctuary. However, what I do see is people taking the life of Jesus as a historical figure and worshipping saints and kissing statues, and building small churches on the side of the road because they want to pay patronage to some thing that supposedly saved them from harms way.

This is what I see.

Beggars, refugees, college students looking for something to bring them pure joy and contentment when the world around them constantly crumbles and never brings them pure joy. Searching for something.

This is not just a Greece thing, and this is why this matters. I’ve seen it many parts of the world. In Chile I spoke with people who knew ONE Christian their whole time or none in the case of my other friend. NONE, one more time NONE. I see people in the states stuck in life’s conditions that can be overcome by the blood of Jesus.

Our world is broken and in need of a Savior, so many are unreached. Yes time is short an there is a real hell, but more than that think of what Jesus means in your life if you know Him. What he does for you everyday, He brings you joy, peace, contentment, calm in the midst of storm, blessing upon blessing, supernatural healing and of course eternal life. But stop and think how your life is radically different because of Jesus, and if it’s not then you need to ask Him to show you?

The gospel and what Jesus did matters, it matters so much. Why do we take it so lightly?

Why do myself and many others sit around each day talking about “oh Jesus is so good”, “I’m blessed and highly favored”, “oh I know Jesus has something waiting for me up in my heavenly home.”

Why do we say these things but yet have no confidence to show or even talk about the love of Jesus to anyone in our lives?

A couple weeks ago, I was challenged by one of the pastors at my church who literally asks himself these questions everyday: Did I have a gospel conversation today? Did I make a disciple today?

Are you asking yourself these questions? I am challenged to do so, and I hope you are to because I sitting here in Greece and just see so many people who know what Jesus did and how many people he fed with five loaves of bread and two fish, but can’t tell you that their life even matters because well they think they were put on this earth to just live and die.

Stop letting this be the norm! I’m telling this to myself to. My heart hurts for the people who don’t know my Savior, don’t have the comfort and peace I have in the Holy Spirit, and don’t get to partake of heaven here on Earth because they don’t know it exists.

Matthew 28:19 is not just for missionaries, but it’s for you and me to. It’s for all disciples of Jesus. Stop being a fan of Jesus and be a follower of Jesus and ask other people to follow Jesus with you.

You don’t have to invite them to church, it’s not the church’s responsibility to share the gospel with them, it’s yours. The gospel is inside of you, share the gospel, live the gospel, and most of all explain to them why the gospel means so much to you.

Before I met Jesus, my life was hypocritical, self-righteous, worrisome, and prideful, now I have peace that surpasses all understanding and a desire to see all people changed by Jesus the way I was.

What’s your story?

Share your story because the Greeks, the Europeans, the WORLD needs to hear a Savior and not just bells chiming on Sunday. Let us be challenged to make disciples every day, let our hearts be troubled by our friends that don’t know Jesus. Let us be burdened for the sake of the gospel for there is where eternal glory lies.

Hamburgers without Fries

Hamburgers, fries, co-laboring with Christ.

This is phrase that has been batting around in my mind lately.

Not the hamburgers and fries, but “co-laboring with Christ” and what that really looks like.

  • What does it look like to co-labor with Christ?
  • What does it look like to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God?
  • What does total reckless abandon of our will look like during co-laboring

The Word Co-laboring means a partnership, a partnership with whomever. In this case it’s Christ. We are called to be co-laborers with Christ. Now this first started dawning on me when I received prayer from one of our prayer people at church. I was 2 weeks out before  embarking to Greece didn’t have a passport and lacked $1500 of my total budget needed for support.

I was questioning, God is this really the thing you have called me to co-labor with you on?

I knew God was my provider, but co-laboring is rarely all on our own efforts. I had to let go and just trust that if this was my task to co-labor that Jesus was laboring right beside me.

The man that prayed over me told me, “you are doing this with Christ, not for Christ.”

Long Story Short:

  • Lost in the Mail Passport- Appeared
  • $1500 came in just the nick of time

Struck by this thought of doing something with Christ rather than for Christ was astonishing to me. I had lived most of my life and especially the last part of this year saying “I live for Christ.”

I live for Christ, no. I live with Christ because Christ resides inside of me. He has chosen, adopted, predestined, redeemed, blessed me, and has given me an inheritance in himself where I get to partake of the blessings of heaven on this earth (Ephesians 1), I get to co-labor with Christ here on this earth so the power of His resurrection and heaven may become known. To live with Christ is to know him.

I work for my boss, but I don’t work with him/her. When I work for Jesus, I think that I must earn his satisfaction or his stamp of approval. I need his “well done Hannah.”

When I work for Jesus, I try to earn his grace. However, when I work with Jesus I already know his grace, I already know his character it pushes me to work with Him. I follow His footsteps because I see that he doesn’t trod of shaking ground, but rather upholds me with His righteous right hand. When I co-labor with Christ I see things I don’t normally  see. I turn off my eyes and ask Jesus to teach me what He sees. He takes me on a journey where I use the Spirit rather than the flesh to guide me.

I start to Dream with God.

Thanks to Bill Johnson and his wonderful spirit-filled insight on co-laboring and dreaming with God, I learn that God does want to know the desires of my heart. He asks me to sacrifice my will so his may be done, but not so that he may take away all the things I desire. However, to create a partnership that is more effective.

“But God Has Elevated us from servants to friends. He invites us into relationship that goes beyond employer-employee interactions. He is willing for us to engage Him….to change His mind, to direct His ideas, to share in His unfolding creative work. He doesn’t lack for ideas. He just enjoys our participation. When you become a friend of God, you don’t lose the humility and obedience of a servant, but your relational perspective shifts. There is a point in our relationship with God where obedience is no longer the primary issue. That may also sound blasphemous, but it’s a deep truth God wants to reveal more widely in the Church. There are levels of relationship with God that many of us have not conceived or experienced, and until we do, our co-laboring with Him will be more limited than it needs to be”

(p.132-133, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind by Bill Johnson).

 

Fish is no good without chips, hamburgers aren’t good without French fries, and I’m starting to learn that Hannah is not as good when there is no Jesus in her efforts. There may be great and fruitful things done on my own power, but how much greater is my fruit or my efforts when they are touched by the hands that saved the world. The ultimate gardener.

Jesus partner with me in life, let me walk in the light of your salvation, uphold me with your righteous right hand. Let me co-labor with you as I journey to Greece.

Love and Prayers,

Hannah