Gospel writers Matthew (28:19-20), Mark (16:15) and Luke (Acts 1:8) all give clear Great Commission pronouncements. What about John? He handles this in a different way in John Chapter 21 telling the story where Peter and the others have gone fishing.
The details of the story that John tells here are interesting. It is interesting that Jesus takes great pains to speak into Peter’s life in the circumstances of that early morning at the shore. It is as if Jesus is communicating a message custom to Peter, but at the same time indicating to us, who come after him, that He is paying attention to the details of our life. Jesus calls each of us in a different way. There are no cookie-cutter calls. Each calling is His unique stamp on our life, taking into account our upbringing, our training, our natural talents, our acquired skills and interests. Each of us is unique as each leaf on a tree is unique. You are made special for this time and this place. The Lord trusted you enough to put you on the earth at this time.
Like with Peter, it doesn’t matter know how often or how severely you failed. Believe the point of the story, it doesn’t make any difference to Jesus. He can use you. He seeks to restore you to revitalize your call. He is willing, he is anxious to meet you on the beach of our life again and calls you to His cause.
Jesus says to Peter , I will provide for you, if you stay on mission. Fill in the blank with your name, Jesus will provide for you of you commit to be intimate with Him and stay on mission. One way to engage is to register or login at missionnext.org and discover options the Lord has prepared for you at this time.
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.