Walk Like A Champion

Posted Jul 31, 2020

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Daily Scripture

Matthew 28:16-20

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

Reflection Questions

We call today’s Scripture “the Great Commission.” And the Great Commission made it plain that a champion’s work never ends. Being a champion means going where God is calling you. “Making disciples” is not a part-time effort, but an ongoing choice to invest your talents to make the lives of others better by drawing them to Jesus.

  • This passage gave both a command, and a promise. Jesus addressed the command to all his followers: “Go… make disciples of all nations… baptizing them…and teaching them.” In what ways are you gifted to help carry out this commission? In what ways does this make “the church” like a hospital that is open 24/7, not a fortress shut tightly against “enemies” or “outsiders”?
  • Jesus' promise was far more priceless than anything a MasterCard could buy you: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” In what settings can it make your life better to live in the light of that promise? How can knowing Jesus is with you give you courage, strength and peace to be a champion reaching beyond your comfort zone to bless others?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, in my best moments I realize I need you to be with me, every day, every minute. Thank you for promising to do just that. Amen.

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Ginger Rothhaas

Ginger Rothhaas

Ginger is the creator of CompassionFix.com and is a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology. She is currently teaching “Truth to Trust: Instructions from the Psalms” for Resurrection’s Women’s Ministry. She serves as a Care Minister at Resurrection Downtown and co-hosted the What Matters? podcast. She loves writing, teaching, conversations over coffee, and time with her husband and two children.

When Jesus said “I am with you always” to his disciples, they couldn’t wrap their minds around what that meant. I think sometimes we struggle to trust and believe that too. Especially when the world is in crisis and it feels like our prayers aren’t being answered.

This parable, called “The Little Fish,” by Jesuit Anthony de Mello from his book The Song of the Bird speaks to me about what it means to trust and believe those words “I am with you always”:

“Excuse me,” said an ocean fish. “You are older than I, so can you tell me where to find this thing they call the ocean?”
“The ocean,” said the older fish, “is the thing you are in now.”
“Oh, this? But this is water. What I’m seeking is the ocean,” said the disappointed fish as he swam away to search elsewhere.
“Stop searching, little fish. There isn’t anything to look for. All you have to do is look.”

If you are feeling alone or wondering where God is in this chaos, maybe you could begin to see God everywhere-–in the flowers blooming, the air we breathe, in the soul of every human being--the very water in which we swim. We can see that the little fish would feel peace if he stopped searching and realized he was already in the ocean. Peace can be ours too. We may just need to realize and trust that God is already here.

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