This morning I forgot something.
Coffee? Got it. Car keys? Got em. Morning playlist? Bumping. Remembering that I serve a risen savior and my mandate to spread His message to everyone? I uh... might have left that at my parent’s church on Sunday.
The bitter truth is that I started off Monday, April 17th the same way I started last Monday, and the one before that: coffee, breakfast, and trying to get out the door. What happened? Just yesterday I was tearing up and (poorly) singing my heart out to In Christ Alone, and high-fiving other believers. Why was today so different?
The difference, I think, is that the powerful truth of Easter quietly competes for my attention against the craziness of the every day. While my coffee maker beeps, my clock reminds me I’m late, the Savior of all mankind is still speaking truth… If I would just take the time to listen and reflect.
In Matthew 28: 19-20, the disciples are given an incredible mandate: “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
This morning, I acted like the Easter story stopped with the resurrection. I acted as if my job was to enjoy my mom’s incredible cooking, high five other believers over our slam-dunk on Satan, and not forget the leftovers. The truth is, my job begins where Matthew 28 ends.
As a follower of Christ, it’s now my job to make sure His message of hope is shared with “all nations,” not just my own. The Easter celebration is awesome, and I look forward to next year. I’ll show up just as excited, just as hungry, and just as eager to high-five. But until then, I’ll be listening closer to the words of Matthew 28. I’ll be doing my best to make sure the noise of the day-to-day doesn’t drown out the voice calling me to “go and make disciples.”