GO or HAVING GONE?

Matthew 28:18-20

And having come near, Jesus spake to them, saying, `Given to me was all authority in heaven and on earth; having gone, then, disciple all the nations, (baptizing them — to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all, whatever I did command you,) and lo, I am with you all the days — till the full end of the age.’ (Young’s Literal Translation)

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The word “GO” when properly translated from the original Greek text reads poreuthentes and is properly translated in most all other places as having gone or went.

Many in the Evangelical Church use this Scripture to encourage their members that real Christians focus their time and energy on going on mission trips. They imply this Scripture indicates we are to leave our families, work, and personal affairs behind and travel to a remote part of the world to save the lost. If you don’t, then you must not be a real Christian.

A poor Biblical understanding messes up many a saint. In fact, this is one of the best lessons of learning to read Scripture through the eye of multiple versions to determine its actual meaning.

Here the original word “Go” is translated in many English versions as an imperative verb rather than the corrective passive particle. A passive particle indicates an ongoing or state of completion, not an imperative command. Yes, even translators have their bias.

Jesus didn’t state a command to immediately pack up your bags and go on a mission trip. Instead, HE instructed that wherever you find yourself, make discipleship your primary purpose. Discipleship is the central core purpose behind the Church – to baptize and train students as they grow into the mature image of Jesus Christ. 

We read in the Books of Acts how the early Church was forced to leave Jerusalem and, in the process, continued to teach and make disciples in the other cities and towns they fled too. Wherever they found themselves, they spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Wherever you “go” does not necessarily mean you leave your career, family, and community and travel to some far-off place. Instead, it means where you are already planted and active you share the message and teachings of Jesus Christ to others. 

This is why I believe the largest mission field for any Christ-follower is the marketplace in your own community. Having setup shop in your neighborhood is a good place to begin. Your local school and shopping community is also a place where others are looking for the same relationship you have with our Lord.

You do not have to feel guilty if God doesn’t send you on a special mission trip. Yes, there are those who are specifically called for missions; just as there are Christians called to be single, or into full time vocational ministry. But we need to remember that every Christian is a full-time minister. Our vocation may be business, but our heart and mind are always reaching out to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to others.  

So, since you already have gone where you are currently residing, and whether you are a business maverick, an educational tutor, or a medical practitioner, your current world is your opportunity to live out this Scripture and make disciples of others. 

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Mature Manhood

Ephesians 4:13

…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ

Yep, I’m still a kid at heart with a way to go before I grow up and find something to do which grownups are supposed to do. These are the words I jokingly respond whenever someone asks me what my career plans are now that I am semi-retired.

Society and culture always seem to have the ideal which in hindsight you eventually discover is most often the opposite of what you should have done in the beginning. The same can be said about Manhood in the 21st century.

In my lifetime, we have witnessed the slow destruction of fathers and mothers’ authority and responsibility in the home which has led to the self-imposed destruction of the nuclear family. The end result which we are now living through are lives with major mental health issues, young men confused with their masculine identity, and the loss of godly role model examples of men living a happy, successful, meaningful life for the benefit of others and self.

Paul identifies here in the Book of Ephesians 4:12-13 that the Church leadership is responsible to equip and buildup men to become mature followers of Jesus Christ measured against HIS stature.

As mature men, we are to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ in our everyday life. The problem is most men have a confused view of who Jesus IS and the life HE lived. We have tidbits of correct information intertwined with false illusions of bedtime stories.

When you grow up surrounded by men who walk with their Lord everyday within the home, business, and community, you discover how life can be rewarding and how great God IS. But when you lack such examples, or distorted fantasy figures portrayed through the movies, you are unsure how a mature, Christ-follower behaves. You fail to grasp what and how the abundant life as outlined throughout Scriptures is lived out in daily affairs.

So, if you are confused, then my recommendation is to find a small group of older men who have lived life to the full and will openly share their wisdom learned through hard knocks. Yes, there are godly men functioning each day in the marketplace. However, the culture ignores them because they don’t fit the secular narrative of the day. But I assure you, if you start attending a local Church, ask around, and you will find at least one person who will gladly mentor with you what real Christ-like masculine maturity looks like.

Jesus Christ is our perfect example of mature manhood. Study, learn, and grow in knowledge of HIM and HIS grace, and you will find yourself maturing like HIM. And with a small circle of other men, you will also find encouragement and examples of others growing up into HIS likeness.

The world needs more men reflecting the glory of Jesus Christ.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Feeling Filter

John 8:32

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Inflated Feelings Face Filter | wadeandleta.com

Some people, if not many, operate from a base of feelings. They use their feelings to measure and evaluate the circumstances they are in. They believe their feelings are accurate and reflect reality at the moment. Yet scientists recognize feelings in many cases are deceitful.

We may incorrectly witness a situation which causes us to misread the event and fling our mind and body into unnecessary fear mode. Or we may likewise see something which we interpret as pleasant and smile at the situation not realizing that a most horrific event just occurred. If we evaluate and discern reality solely through the filter of feelings, we of most people will be walking in a state of mental confusion.

I recall once consulting with the President of a national company asking questions to determine his style of leadership and management. His answers initially shocked me but gave us the direction of the type of facts we needed to gather to either confirm or deny his statements. After collecting data, facts, and survey results, our hypothesis proved correct. His fear-mongering leadership style and managing operations based on feelings has led the company into a destructive position which required an outsider to provide solutions to help the Company survive. We did.

When you are ruled by your feelings, you may be correct fifty percent of the time simply from a probability perspective. However, if you want to be correct most of the time, then you need to filter your feelings with logic and reasoning built on evidential facts. And that requires a proven value system, a strong understanding of human history and its behavior, along with analysis of the situation. All these skills are available to be developed if one chooses.  

In addition, God has also given each of us a conscience to discern moral implications. But it needs to be exercised under HIS domain or over time will become harden into a destructive, blind, and ineffective instrument. Our conscience is God’s gift to us. When followed along with HIS words of Truth enlighten our decision-making abilities.

As we gather facts of the matter and weigh the facts against the event, we slowly develop the real picture of the situation. This is why it is dangerous to make quick decisions on a matter when it is not necessary. One needs to gather facts from all sides to properly determine what actually happen.

Our feelings may play a part of the equation, but most often they are only the warning bell. And like the story of the boy hollering “wolf” so often, basing one’s conclusion simply on feeling has led many of us down the wrong path. We need to filter those feelings against solid evidence. Otherwise, we will get into an ugly habit of being thrown from one wall against another based on our emotional roller coaster ride.

Feelings require facts and facts need emotional feeling. Both are necessary to properly evaluate reality and generate a proper response. When you study the life of Jesus as displayed throughout the gospel accounts, one finds a person who balanced facts with feelings and feelings with facts. He demonstrated the healthy and effective way of managing the human relationship. Let’s use HIM as our role model to learn the best way of filtering our feelings. When you learn from the best, you gain the most.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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