The Power of Commissioning

Jesus commissioned the Disciples for a purpose. He said, “As you go, make
disciples…” (Matt 28:19-20). We know this as the Great Commission. There
is an end point in our development. We don’t develop people just to develop
them – there is a purpose, a vision, something bigger than them. We marry,
have children, and raise them to be functioning adults who will also marry,
have children and so on. We were born to reproduce. In the same way Jesus
commissions us to nurture spiritual children who will also grow and
reproduce and nurture other spiritual children.

When we commission a person, we say, “I believe in you.” “I affirm your
direction.” “I am behind you.” These are words of hope, empowerment and
purpose. The power of commissioning cannot be overestimated. Jesus does
this with each of us in the Great Commission but there is also a need for
human words.

Paul’s second letter to Timothy is evidence of this. Take a minute to scan
this short letter and note how many reminders and ways Paul commissions
Timothy for future ministry. There is so much love, hope and vision
imbedded in these four chapters. Paul developed Timothy over a long period
of time but now his time was near – he had fought the good fight, and kept
the faith. He reminded Timothy that “In the future there is laid up for me
the crown of righteousness, which The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award
to me on that day….” (2 Tim. 4:7-8).

Because He reigns,



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