There is still so much about Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit that I desire to experience before I see Them after my life on earth is over. I call this my “Bucket List with God” #BucketListWithGod
On the top of my bucket list with God is to experience Jesus’ presence and power not just once but as a lifestyle. Scriptures demonstrate that Jesus’ power ties very much to His Great Commission. When I look at Jesus’ Great Commission through the book of Mark (16:12 – 20), I discover four things that are core about the Great Commission that are most often omitted:
- Disciples are of little faith just like me: Despite of living three years with Jesus before His death, despite of face-to-face encounters with Jesus after His resurrection, the disciples still lack faith and stubbornly refuse to believe. Whatever state my faith is at, it can’t be that bad, right?! Beyond the myth of thinking Jesus’ disciples as saints and faith giants, their humanity makes them relate-able. Surprisingly, when I start seeing these faith giants as ordinary people like me, whose life has been transformed by Jesus, His power turns them into faith giants as we come to know them today, it makes me desire Jesus more than ever to do in and through me beyond what I ask for or imagine. This discovery encourages me and lifts me up in great expectation with God.
- Jesus commissioned not because our faith is ready: If I were the ministry leader facing this ministry team members who did not have their faith together, I would be very hesitant to go forward. Yet Jesus did not send His disciples to a one year intense faith-boot camp before sending them out to preach the gospel. Right after Jesus rebuking His disciples’ lack of faith, He set them off to the Great Commission, literally in the next sentence, despite of their spiritual immaturity. This truly tosses our “common sense” in ministry out the window.
- Power in Jesus name should be the lifestyle of Christ’s disciples: These words are directly said by Jesus. Jesus expects us to live by His power as a lifestyle and therefore living supernaturally is the regular life of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus expects living supernaturally by His power, in His name, as we respond in obedience to His Great Commission, is the ‘ordinary’, ‘regular’ life of being His disciples. I absolutely believe Jesus meant it for ALL of His disciples, not just the original eleven. How can I, and His Church today, reconcile Jesus’ very own Word, with the discrepancy of our lack of manifestation of His Power in our life, as His disciples?
- Obedience to Christ is the only path to live a lifestyle in Jesus’ presence and power: To my surprise, faith, or the lack of it, is not strongest inhibitor to experience God, obedience to Christ is! This leads me to think that may be the reason why I don’t experience Jesus’ power as a lifestyle, as any of His disciples should, is because I allow my mindset of the flesh, my doubts and my fear blind me from seeing kingdom opportunities that can only be discerned through the Spirit. May be faith grows as a consequence of saying YES to Jesus’ Great Commission despite of the feeling of doubts and fear. Obedience is faith’s catalyst.
What about you? What is on the top of your #BucketListWithGod?
NIV Text from Mark 16:12 – 20
We are people of little faith: Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Jesus’ Great Commission Despite of our little faith: He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
What to Expect from Living a Lifestyle in Jesus’ name: And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Lifestyle of Obedience leads to Lifestyle of Jesus’ Presence and Power: After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.