The wrong assignment?

Last week a friend and I sat in my office watching a webinar. A webinar, for those who don’t know, is a seminar that is done via the web. (We’re so tech savvy! LOL)

As we listened to various pastors share about their experiences and insights connected to sermon preparation there was one story that will be forever etched into my mind.

One presenter shared about going to seminary in Indiana where the winter weather can be a bit harsh. He had one class that met at 8:00 am and he found every excuse in the book – a made up a few new ones – to skip class.

It was one of those classes where the bulk of the grade comes from the final paper. With only a few days left he poured all of his energy and efforts into banging out a great paper.

Optimism flowed through his veins as he turned the paper in and he eagerly anticipated getting it back. But when the time came, he saw lots of red!

Written across the top of the cover page were three comments:

  • Good paper
  • Good research
  • Good information

And beneath these positive, encouraging comments was a BIG, FAT “F” in red ink!

Underneath all of this was one final comment:

“But this was not the assignment!”

Can you imagine the shock and disappointment! Maybe you don’t have to imagine because you’ve been there. I was not the best of students at times but I’ve never had this happen.

Now imagine standing face-to-face with Jesus at the end of the ages and having Him say to you:

“But this was not the assignment!”

Jesus spent three years doing life and ministry before His death, burial and resurrection. He demonstrated what it meant to live life as God intends. And when He departed this life He left a very specific assignment.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20

A disciple is someone who gives themselves completely to follow Jesus; learning to do every aspect of life as the Father intended. Thinking, transforming, living, serving and loving like Jesus.

As Christians and churches, we are busy doing lots of different things – most of them good; but are we really giving ourselves to fulfill the assignment Jesus left for us?

Are we making disciples?

© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.


Filed under Christianity, Church, Discipleship, God, God's Will, influence with the world, involvement with the church, Jesus, Priorities

6 responses to “The wrong assignment?

  1. Well said. My current struggle with church is that the institutions I see are so busy doing what they think is important. Will Jesus say, when he returns,”But this wasn’t the assignment.” I have enjoyed reading the works of Tim Chester and Steve Timmis as they are pointing us back to the real assignment through their studies on Acts and 1 Peter. Another good book in this area is “The trellis and the vine.”

  2. good point Rick.

    I was amazed to have learned of the God’s Will and Work

    JOHN 6:29 (LEB)
    Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the WORK of God: that you BELIEVE in the one whom that one sent.”

    JOHN 6:40 (LEB)
    For this is the WILL of my Father, that everyone who looks at the Son and BELIEVES in him would have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

    everything else is religion
    – grace and peace

  3. Ruth Ann Kern

    sure makes you think Rick! Tanks for sharing. Give Susan a hug from all of us. Ruth Kern

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