Living Out the Great Commission

Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in
Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of
laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market. As an ovarian cancer
survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for
research, diagnostics and a cure. Her latest novel, Book #3 of 4 in the Another
Emma Rae Creation series for Abingdon Press, is Always the Designer, Never the Bride. Sandie invites every
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I’m pleased to be back to share with you a special Bible study
that I write for my church, CedarCreek, and their daily Bible study program
called Living It Out (LIO). Each study is taken from the pastor’s Sunday
sermon, attempting to bring clarity and further explanation, or just to bless
you in a deeper way as you strive to “live out” the teachings of the
Bible. If you’re interested in a deeper look at what you read here, please feel
free to  SIGN UP  for daily
emailed studies to be sent to your inbox, or check out the audio versions for a
quick Bible pick-me-up each day.

There
is an interesting book that I’ve come across, written by Jim Collins. In Good to Great and the Social Sector – Why
Business Thinking is not the Answer
, Collins delves into the difference
between the mediocre and the truly excellent:

“The
comparison companies in our research—those that failed to become great—placed
greater emphasis on using incentives to ‘motivate’ otherwise unmotivated or
undisciplined people. The great companies, in contrast, focused on getting and
hanging on to the right people in the first place—those who are productively
neurotic, those who are self-motivated and self-disciplined, those who wake up
every day, compulsively driven to do the best they can because it is simply
part of their DNA.”

Does
that describe you? Are you “compulsively driven” to do your best for the cause
of Jesus, both in your personal life and your service within the church?

The song that made Whitney Houston a household name was titled, “How Will I Know?”Remember it, from the mid-1980s? There’s a line in the song that says, “I’m asking you ‘cause you know about these things.” That’s how we feel about the Bible, isn’t it? When we’re unsure or confused about something, we seek the answer in scripture. When we wonder if we’re doing a good job as Christ followers, as leaders, as servants…we find the answer by turning to The One who“knows about these things.”

The
Great Commission tells us to go out and make disciples of men; part of doing so
means to teach them how to live as truly converted believers.

The
dictionary defines CONVERT in the following way: To
change (something) into a different form or properties; transmute; transform.

Transformation is a powerful word, isn’t it?
It implies a certain rebirth, a compulsive and devoted commitment to a new way
of life. This should be our goal in teaching others how to live as believers.

Jesus
instructs us as his disciples to serve as examples and teachers to others by
purporting three unique qualities: A life of LOVE for Jesus; a life of SERVICE
to others; and a life of TELLING the world what we know. It’s known as The
Great Commission, but it’s really quite simple. It all starts with our love and
passion for Jesus.

In
order to be effective in fulfilling the commission he gave us, our next step is
connecting with people on a regular basis and sharing our passion with them.
Whether that’s done through church attendance and service, life group
participation, committed missional membership or via some outside venue or
source, we know from delving into the life of Jesus that being where the people
are is the first step in teaching them about the salvation that awaits.

How
many times has some simple gesture from a random person blessed your heart and
provided a reminder that you are not alone? Through our service to others, we
are instrumental in lighting the way for them toward transformation. This is
why our involvement in church ministry and our commitment to furthering the
cause of the church is so vital to our obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

By
following up that service and sharing what we know and believe, the commission
comes full circle in our lives.