Obey | Devotion #5: Why?
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
One of my favorite questions to always ask is, “Why?” As a child, this was often the case when my parents would wake me up at six in the morning for school or when they told me to go to bed early when I was cranky! As I look back, I now understand why they chose to do these things. I had to get up early so that they could drop me off to morning daycare so that they could get to work on time to provide for our family. Then, sending me to bed early was because waking me up at six made me tired and cranky at night! Much has changed since I was a young child, some good and some bad. Some of the changes have been easy, and some have been honestly very difficult, at times I still find myself asking this question, but now instead of being directed to my parents, it is to my Heavenly Father.
At the end of Matthew, after Christ is raised from the dead, He spends 40 days with His disciples and followers. His parting words before He physically left this earth, were a mission to all those who call themselves followers of Christ. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says, “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.” Here, Jesus does not just go back to Heaven saying “See you guys later, it has been a fun couple years hanging with Y’all!” No, He gives them and us a mission, a mission that will not be over until He comes back.
So, “Why?” Why was this mission given and why were these Christ’s parting words? I believe it is because out of all He taught during His earthly ministry, this mission says it all. You see, during His ministry, He was constantly teaching, advising, guiding, instructing, fellowshipping, and correcting His followers. In the beginning, and even as they were at His side throughout the three years of ministry, I am sure the disciples still wondered about why Jesus was doing some of the things He did, or teaching them certain lessons. However, on that day when He gave them their mission, I believe their eyes were opened. Much like myself with my parents, years after I was old enough to finally understand, the disciples and all His followers understood why Christ had done all He did with them.
We have just come out of the Easter season; however, our mission is far from over. As you continue on this week and the months and years to come, never forget this mission. You will have times where you just look around and say “Why God?” However, do not be discouraged, because “why” always leads to a greater understanding of His plan.