“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” Mt. 28:16-18 (ESV)
In his book An Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling quotes a colleague Paul Jensen who describes a dual Commission. First there is an “outer Commission” which is found in verses 18-20 and about which I’ve been writing for the past week.
There is also a second “inner Commission”.
That second Commission is found in today’s verses.
Before Jesus gave the command to go out and make disciples, He first had the eleven come to a particular mountain to meet Him, see Him, and worship Him.
It was out of the inner Commission that Jesus gave the outer Commission.
The same is true today.
Before we can carry out the Great Commission, we must first obey the “inner Commission.” This is not just a “one-time” step of obedience.
It is an ongoing attitude of obedience, submission and worship.
We obey because all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. He is the rightful King and Ruler of heaven and earth.
We submit to Him not only because of His authority, but also because He is the True and Wise King. He knows better than we what is best for us and for this world.
We worship because He is God.
This is the correct “heart attitude” we should have as we seek to follow the Great Commission.
But it can quickly devolve into other attitudes.
We can lapse into obedience for the sake of obedience. We obey because it’s what we’ve always been told to do. In this attitude we fail to truly recognize the worth of Jesus that lies behind the authority.
The recognition of the true worth and identity of Jesus always brings worship.
Worship is the sign that we have the right heart attitude and are ready to obey the “outer Commission”.
As you begin to enter into your day today…check your heart attitude and spend some time worshipping your Creator and Lord…Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I come before You to give myself to You today to be used by You for Your glory and honor.