The Great Commission
John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
It seems that at some time shortly after Jesus was crucified, Peter had thoughts of returning to fishing. He may have considered returning to the life he lived before meeting Jesus, or perhaps hoped to support himself by fishing while preaching the gospel on a part-time basis. Jesus however made it clear to Peter, that He expected him to choose between a life of fishing, and life as a full-time apostle. To “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”, required a full-time commitment.
A full-time commitment would mean Peter had to trust God to provide for his temporal needs. He had already had some experience of this, as before Jesus’ death, Peter had travelled around with Him, and God had used others to provide for their needs, as is made clear in Luke 8:5(NIV). Those who supported Jesus while He was on earth, did not do so in obedience to some Old Testament law. They did it because they were moved by God to do so.
We may not all be called to be missionaries, but we can all help by supporting those who are. In this way, we can all play a part in carrying on the work of the Great Commission.
Contributed by Ian Carlson