Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 December 2014

How Much Can I Do?

More people on the planet. More bad guys hurting innocent people. No movie heroes available to fight real-world sinners.

How much can I do? I have no superpowers. And I look really dorky in tights and a cape. <image redacted for obvious reasons>

I need to do something different. If much of the root cause of bad behavior is sin, and if I really do follow Jesus, maybe it’s time for me to pay attention to His parting words some 2000 years ago.

The first five books of the New Testament (the Gospels plus Acts) record the final conversations Jesus had with his disciples. Those passages comprise The Great Commission. In essence: go all over the world, spread the good news of the Gospel, and make more disciples. 

Marvin Newell calls this “the missional Magna Carta of the Church from its inception, for today, and into the future.” Hmmm. That’s kind of a big deal.

But that’s a lot of uncomfortable work in a lot of strange places with funny smells, a scarcity of Dr. Pepper and with people who don’t get my sense of humor (okay, that last one occurs often enough at home).

This is a stretch. It’s way out of my comfort zone.

Will I do it? Will it make any difference?


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