“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” – Mark 16:15 (ESV)
I recently became a notary public for the State of California (Woot! Woot!). In a nut shell, what we do is legally serve the public (without offering legal advice), but mostly by signing and stamping documents with an official seal that pretty much makes them legit with the state to be used in court, or life, or whatever. That’s the “Nu” version.
Ever since I found out that a “commission” is what I was to receive from the Secretary of State before I could perform notarial duties, I was intrigued by the word. I looked it up and laughed. It was like an inside joke between God and I.
I liked these below:
- an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.
- a group of people officially charged with a particular function.
- give an order for or authorize the production of (something such as a building, piece of equipment, or work of art).
- bring (something newly produced, such as a factory or machine) into working condition.
I realized that this commission to serve the public in the natural was yes, something ordained by the State of California, but my greatest commission and high calling to go out and proclaim the gospel and spread the love of Christ in this hurting and dying world is far more valuable. I am grateful for the God-given revelation in this parallel and for the opportunity to serve Him in serving you, His people. That, my friends is our greatest commission and we can expect a great reward in Heaven. I don’t take my birth lightly, nor more duty following. I heard Dr. Tim Storey say once that, “You’re a big deal” and I agree. God does so much, and allows us as individual believers to go through so much…for just one sometimes. What an honor to serve you, to teach you…what an honor to love you and prepare you (and me) for the Kingdom!
16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.