Right now you are thinking, “Seriously? What kind of person says no?”
In Matthew 28 we see the same scene. Jesus has been walking with his disciples for three years. They had given up everything to follow him: jobs, family, social status. Now Jesus is leaving. He is going to His Father for a long time. No one knows for sure how long, but you can sense it will be a while. As Jesus stands there with his Bride, He makes one request, “Tell the world about me.” Thankfully, they didn’t say no. They did what Jesus had commissioned them to do. They told the world. For many of them it cost them their lives.
And why wouldn’t they? For they loved Jesus. Whatever he asked they would do without hesitation. Their obedience was a display of their love. Having said that, even if Jesus wouldn’t have commanded it, they would have told the world, for out of the mouth comes the desire of the heart. For the disciples, their greatest desire was Christ. They would have talked about Him like many of us talk about our children. If they had facebook, they would have blown up your newsfeed with Jesus stuff.
Jesus made it very clear what the main mission of his followers should be, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This is the task of the bride, to bear witness of the Groom.
So what is holding us back? Why do we look more like the wife at the airport that says no, then the followers of Christ in book of Acts? Is it because we don’t love Him? Is it because we are cheating on Him with the world? James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”
If so, what is the solution? How do we love the world less and love Christ more? Simple, by knowing His love for us. This is the power of the Gospel. The love of Christ for us is a force that moves us. It is like a wave that crashes over us and carries us out to sea. This is why the Church is the most powerful movement ever to exist. Love compels. The more we know of His love for us, the more we love Him in return. This year make a resolution to soak in Jesus’ love for you and unleash that same love into the world.