Yesterday was one of the most amazing days of my life! Under the leadership of my lifelong friend, brother in Christ and Pastor, Jim Goforth, New Life Community Church “commissioned” me and my wife to go make disciples of Christ throughout the nations. For many, this may not seem like a big deal. Even some Christians would question if a “commissioning service” is necessary since we have already been “commissioned” by Jesus to go make disciples. However, the significance of this day and what actually took place is of great importance to me, and here is why.
To “commission” literally means:
Jesus is the One who has all authority. And with this supreme authority in heaven and on earth, He has given the order, charge and directive to all of His followers, “go make disciples of the nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). It is the primary purpose He has “commissioned” us to do in this world – MAKE DISCIPLES! Since those who make up His Church are the Body of Christ, it seems only natural (even supernatural) that the Body of Christ (the local expression of God’s hands and feet in this world) would “entrust a person, group, etc. with… a particular action or function” – go do what the Commander and Chief has given you the authority to do – make disciples everywhere!
To have the church that I have loved serving as Executive Pastor the past eight years recognize God’s call and commission on my life, truly amazing! But even more, to have these same people pray over us, anoint me and my wife with oil, and promise to “hold the rope” while we go “into the mines” around the world and help rescue the perishing and care for the dying, priceless. But wait, it gets even better. To have the leadership of New Life give the first substantial monetary support to the making of these disciples, as well as openly encourage others to become ministry partners with us, beyond words. It was, and is, a day I will never forget!
But let me make one thing clear: it was not about me. Yesterday’s commissioning service was about the One who gave His life as a ransom for all, and because of this great sacrifice, a group of people are coming together to proclaim this One and Only Savior, Jesus, to the world!
I am humbled by what took place (the kind and encouraging words spoken of me by Pastor Jim, those who prayed during the services, those who recorded well-wishes and God’s blessings, via video, and those who wrote cards and notes of congratulations). And I am honored to not only represent Jesus as His ambassador – here, there and everywhere – but also my church family, New Life Community Church. Together, we will be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission!