As I was searching for something in my files, I came across a portion of my book I felt the Lord wanted me to share. It’s taken from Ready or Not…Here He Comes! (renamed and yet to be published).
This comes from a chapter on preparing ourselves as we wait for the Lord’s return. He left us with the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20a NKJV)
But what does commission mean? Since the Bible does not use the word commission as such, the English definition means to entrust a person with supervisory authority, duty, or power, putting one in charge or in readiness for active service, sending one out on a mission, the authority to act in another’s name, and so on.
It comes from the word commit and its root word comes from two other words meaning together send. In other words, it is a co-mission.
God sends out those who are in agreement with Him. We work in His name and in agreement with His commission of authority, in co-mission with Him.
But what if we truly believed in doing this?
When we faithfully rely on God to work His gifts in us for the benefit of others, we will see His power and glory manifested. As my most favorite of all verses says, “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40 AMP)
If we only believed—full-fledged, all-out, unhindered, unlimited, unconditionally, wholeheartedly, thoroughly, vigorously, boldly, powerfully believed—to carry out those greater works, to fulfill God’s calling, boy, would we, and the world, be surprised!
God has always used those who are willing to be His instruments for the working of His miracles. Besides the familiar names of those who have worked miracles in years gone by and those of today, many serve in anonymity behind everyday faces, being tucked in out-of-the-way places around the world. These knee-worn saints believe in the power of God and act on it in obedience, seeing miracles as the result.
Some last thoughts on our co-missions. If we combine several translations of Ephesians 1:22-23, it might say this, “God has placed everything under the power and authority of Christ and has set Him up as Supreme Head of the Church, giving the Church the benefit of His power and authority. For the Church is the body of Christ, who fills it with His Presence.”
If we “have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority,” (Col. 2:10 NIV) then, we, as the body, are to be obedient to the Head, and “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17 NKJV) Or so we are supposed to be.
The Head gives commands for the body to act and waits for it to respond, but the body behaves as if the Head is cut off at the neck. Hands refuse to give. Feet avoid the guiding footsteps in the sand. Deaf ears tune out the Word. Short-sighted eyes see only worldly offerings. Tongues spew out the venom of criticism, hatred, and judgment.
God called the church to accomplish good works, not to sit on its judgmental pews! As Paul said, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10 NIV)
So, if God has done enumerable miracles, signs, and wonders through many others and He doesn’t play favorites, don’t you think He will do the same through us, because He has desired to touch others through us? Haven’t we told Him we are His vessel to use as He sees fit?
However, if we have all the wonderful gifts of God but we do not have love, as Paul said, “it profits [us] nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:3b NKJV) Or others.”
What could we do today if we only loved and believed?