Person of Impact: A suggestion or a command?
Go clean your room, take the trash out, sweep the floor, get those reports done, fix that car, sell those items, organize this, put that together, finish the job we started yesterday, and the list goes on and on and on. These are some simple daily task/commands that you may get handed to you from your boss, your spouse, or your parents. Things like this are more than a suggestion, because if we fail to perform said task, then there is almost always a consequence. A command is direction with authority. A suggestion is an idea of what someone should do. A command is definite. A suggestion is a maybe. A command indicates necessity while a suggestion might be unnecessary.
Jesus COMMANDS us in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” We not only have the opportunity to go and make disciples, baptize, teach, and make an impact, but we are commanded to GO and make disciples. Jesus DOESN’T say, “maybe it’s a good idea to tell others”, He doesn’t say, “you may want to think about baptizing”, and He certainly doesn’t indirectly suggest that we teach others. He COMMANDS with AUTHORITY! Imagine if the people of impact in your life took Jesus’ command as a suggestion. They most likely would not have impacted you for the cause of Christ!
Do we view God’s words as a suggestion that we should try out, or a command to live by? What would happen if we took the call to impact others for Christ as a command rather than a suggestion? Who could we impact? How many could we impact? How many could they impact if we taught them to do the same? When we disobey one of God’s commands we are in sin. When we are not following the command to make disciples, we are in sin. James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Don’t ever think you can’t impact somebody for Jesus. Don’t ever look at God’s call as a suggestion, but fulfill the command we have been given to make disciples and impact others!
Student Ministries Director