Well, this is it. Last day of our 30-Day Journey with David and Kim. I hope that it has provided encouragement and inspiration to those who have been involved. I know that it opened my eyes to some things that I had not considered before.
With this final lesson, David and Kim end with the Great Commission. Jesus essentially lays out his plan for each of us with regards for evangelizing the world. He has the full authority to do this, and we need to remember that we have been commanded to do these things by the person who has ALL authority. Regardless of what other rules people put in our way, we have been commanded by God to proclaim his Kingdom.
But it doesn't end with proclamation or even baptism. Once a person accepts their place in the Kingdom of God they continue to grow by learning and obeying. Jesus ended his instruction with "teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." You may recall as a child when the fore department paid a visit to your school and taught you how to stop drop and roll if you caught on fire. It's not just enough to be taught what to do, you have to put it into practice. You have to obey. It does you no good if you catch on fire and think about what it means to stop, drop and roll or the theological significance behind those words. You have to obey the instruction for it to do you any good.
Our actions do not save us, at least not with regard to our eternal salvation, but they are evidence that we truly believe what Jesus said. Without obedience, we are like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. He likely knew that it was better to build on the rock, but he decided to do things his own way instead and as a result he suffered calamity. If we know the teachings of God, but do not OBEY them, our foolishness will have eternal consequences. Fortunate for us, we have the Spirit to encourage and guide us as we learn to obey.
Mike @ DCC