No Retirement from The Great Commission

By: Bill Dalgetty

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

In 2009, our family traveled to Lee’s Summit, Missouri to celebrate the 100th birthday of my wife’s mother, Mary Louise. We had a wonderful celebration, with all of her children, some grandchildren and great-grandchildren being present to honor her life. From teaching eight grades in a one room country school in the 1930’s to taking care of elderly parents and other relatives until she herself was 82, her life was a witness to a deep faith in God and love and service to others.

Although her life in recent years was confined to an assisted living home where she and about 40 other residents resided, she had not forgotten the words of Jesus in the Great Commission in terms of reaching out to people and inviting them to church. In the course of our many conversations she mentioned that she had invited her friends Millie and Dodie to start attending church services that are held every Sunday at the home. “Dodie had not been to church in 50 years,” she said, “and Millie had not been for a long time either, but I got them going with me each week now. I try to help them understand what the Bible says and means when I get the chance,” she added.

In Isaiah 49:6, the prophet says, I will also make you a light to the gentiles that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth. At age 100, Mary Louise was still being a light to the people God put in her life. She was still being faithful to God’s plan of working through us to be his presence and to bring his presence to the people and circumstances of our lives. Last year Mary Louise was welcomed into the arms of Jesus at the age of 103. She never stopped sharing her faith.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Are you inviting the people in your life to church, a Christians in Commerce event or other opportunity where they can meet Jesus and his Word?