When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every move that would be made and how we could respond to make the best plays against them.
In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I commanded you…” When Jesus gave them this commission, He told them to go out and teach others everything they had been taught. They had been with Jesus every day for the last 3 years learning and preparing for the big game they were about to play.
Well, in the same way, we have been practicing for our big game. We come to Bible class twice a week and we study about this message we are supposed to be taking to the world. We hear sermons that teach us and guide us in the direction we should be going. We learn about how we can most effectively reach the world. We learn about what works and doesn’t work in evangelism. The problem is, we often never make it to the game. We practice and practice, week after week for this big game we are going to play, but we never get out on the field. It’s been said that the church is the most “well-practiced” team who never touches the field. It can be hard to step out on the field at times. We fear rejection. We fear that we won’t know what to say. We fear that we won’t be able to teach someone well enough. We fear a lot of things that keep us from getting out on that field.
The last part of this verse in Matthew 28:20 says, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” This is a message that gave those disciples comfort to go out and teach others everything they had been taught. This same message reigns true for us today. Jesus will be with us as we go out and do our best to bring others to Him. We’ve been practicing, and we know that Jesus will be with us. So, what keeps us from stepping out on the field?
This week, I want you to step out on the field. Maybe you can bring someone to church. Maybe you can ask someone to study the Bible with you or even with someone who is a better teacher. Maybe you can tell someone about the church. However, you can do it, find some way to get out on the field and play the game this week, and know that Christ will be with you always, even to the end of the age.
– Kolton Ballance