Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


As we look at how to move past a “good enough” life towards a “greater” life, we are considering ways to have a Jesus-like influence on those around us. Jesus valued community. He demonstrated repeatedly how he valued his friends, his followers and his disciples. He wasn’t always with the whole group. His larger group of followers got much of his time, but not as much as the twelve, and not nearly as much as Peter, James, and John. He valued being with his people above just about anything else. And he continues to be with us today, through the Holy Spirit or the “Advocate.” 

Just like Jesus, we can’t be with all of the people we know all of the time. We have to place a priority on some over others. But if we are intentional, we can be present with a few who may need our attention and our influence. Sometimes that simply means showing up. You may have a friend in crisis and you have no idea how to help. But showing up in person speaks volumes. Even if you simply sit with them in the midst of their pain and suffering.  How might you value and enhance the gift of “presence” with them?

Who are those people you listed on Monday who you want to be more intentional about influencing? How can you show up for them this week? How can you prioritize a few relationships and then be fully present with them? Consider sharing with these people why they are so important to you. We all experience competition for our time, and it’s a blessing for someone to know that you would choose to share such a limited commodity with them.

Practice the ministry of presence this week. That is exactly what Jesus does for us each and every day. 


Dear Lord, you came as a humble servant, and you call us to follow your life and example. Show me how to listen to your voice, not the voice of culture. Guide me past settling for “good enough,” and into the greater life you call me to. Give me humility, courage and grace in this journey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.