The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20 NLT)
Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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."
I love seeds-those little packets of potential, containing everything you need to make a whole new plant. I've spent many hours planting seeds, whether it was green beans and carrots, tomatoes or parsnips…Large seeds like pumpkin seeds or small ones like lettuce. The largest seed I ever planted was a coconut. The tiniest I ever saw were the seeds for Tuberous Begonias. These house plants can grow to fill a ten gallon pot and have flowers of ruffled rose-like petals. But the seeds they grow from look like dust. So much beauty from something so small.
There are many types of seeds, many ways seeds travel around the world. Everyone who grew up near a lawn has seen fluffy white dandelion seed heads, a perfect sphere of seeds, each with its own perfect little parasol for floating on a breeze. There are sticky burrs, seeds of the burdock plant which have barbs for catching on a passing animal or your pants leg to travel to a different place. Maple tree seeds are called "keys" and have wings for twirling. Coconuts have a thick husk which allows them to float for miles. Seeds can be carried by birds, blown on the wind, washed into streams and even excreted by animals.
Flying, drifting, falling, sticking, or floating, seeds travel everywhere. People are made to be like that too. When Jesus gave us the Great Commission, he meant that we each need to go out into the world and spread the gospel. And God gives each of us a different way to get his word out into the world. A burdock seed, designed for "stickiness" cannot "fly". A Mangrove seed, designed to spear into the wet ground of the seashore, cannot be carried by a bird and grow in a desert. We each need to use our unique gift, our own style of evangelism and not try to do it someone else's way.
We are all different. Made different to do different things in the world for God. To invite our own way. I am not the same as my sister, so we don't do things the same way. God sends different people to her than he sends to me. We are spreading the word each in our own way.
God gave us each a job to do—go spread his word in the world; make disciples; share the love of Jesus; tell the world about Jesus; introduce people to Jesus. And because he loves us so much, he gave us each a unique way to do the job. Each of us has a different approach to evangelism built into us. God designed each of us to witness uniquely. Just as there are lots of different ways that seeds are spread in the natural world, just so God created us—his people—with lots of different ways to spread the good news about Jesus.
So to fulfill the Great Commission, to go into the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ, find your unique way to spread God's message. Ask God to show you with an open heart and be willing to try and willing to fail. Be like a seed, float or fly or stick or drift. Whatever way God shows you how to be, just do it. Then, jump out into the world and watch what God can do through you.