Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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 everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Jesus didn’t need the disciples to complete His ministry. He is God, He could have done it Himself and done a perfect job at it. However, He chose to give the ministry away to highly unqualified fishermen, ex-tax collectors and doubters. This is amazing. Surely He knew it wouldn’t take long before they did something stupid, but He passed it on to them anyway and ultimately on to us. He could have stayed around longer, or even forever if He wanted to, but He chose not to.
In an effort to be more like Christ, I am challenging myself to give the ministry away more often. I am starting to see that working together and growing in Christ may be just as important as accomplishing the task. This is especially true as we are building the foundation to long- term, sustainable ministries. After all, that’s the way Jesus modeled it for us. Maybe the process of growing in Him and growing in love for one another is just as important or more important than ‘perfectly’ accomplishing the task.