“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matthew 28:19
Quality time is one of my love languages. It is this mysterious thing that is sometimes hard to explain. I can spend endless hours with some people, and it is not quality time and it just does not click. Something is missing. Yet, I keep trying to make it work, to figure it out, because love is patient. And I can spend one minute with someone and it becomes a fountain I can drink from for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. Some quality moments take a life time to happen. While other quality moments happen suddenly and last a life time.
Discipleship happens much the same way.
That sort of life changing moment happened for Mary and Mary. These ladies went to the tomb of Jesus, and they encountered an earthquake, an empty tomb, and an Angel of the Lord speaking to them in Matthew 28:6,
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you in Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
Scripture says, in verse 8, that the two women ran quickly to bring “His disciples word.” And upon doing so, they encountered Jesus who came to them saying, “‘Rejoice!’ So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee and there they will see Me.'”
Mary and Mary. Two women. They encountered the resurrection Jesus. They had one moment. One face to face quality time moment with Jesus and it changed everything. They did not need more time to believe. They did not need more time to ease doubt. They were changed instantaneously. These women were told to rejoice, go and tell. Tell who? His disciples, of all people! And they did. These women were called to go and tell the disciples, the ones chosen to follow Jesus. They were not the chosen disciples. They were not a part of the original brat pack. They did not spend all day, every day, traveling and learning at the feet of Jesus. They had a few quality moments with Jesus, a few face-to-face encounters, and it transformed everything.
On the other hand. We have the twelve disciples. Who are now down to eleven. One, having heard the truth but did not believe it nor understand it, committed suicide after betraying Jesus. These men ate with Jesus. They slept with Jesus. They drank from the same cup as Jesus. They learned at His feet. They listened to the countless stories, and parables, and lessons. They heard the explanations that no one else heard. They saw and experienced the countless number of miracles that Christ performed. Jesus told them what was going to happen. They knew the truth. They saw lives changed. And yet, they still did not get it. They lived, and moved, and breathed with Jesus, and yet they still did not understand it. Look at what Matthew 28:17 says happened when the disciples encountered Jesus.
“When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.”
What!?! Yes. Some doubted. These were the chosen ones. The men hand picked by Jesus, to follow Him and to carry out His mission. And yet, even though they heard the stories, were told what was going to happen, and witnessed it with their very own eyes, some of them still doubted. Some still did not believe. They spent all that time with Jesus, but still did not get it. Something did not click. They still questioned. They still had trouble believing. They still doubted.
Yet, Jesus calls both types of people to Him. Both are commanded to go. Those who need to be with Jesus, every waking hour of the day, until they get that quality time moment. And those who have an instantaneous life changing quality time moment with Jesus. Both are transformed. Some instantaneously. Some over a long period of time. Both encounter Jesus. Both are commanded to go.
I am not sure where you are at. Maybe you have had an instantaneous life changing quality time moment with Jesus. If you have, that is awesome! Do as Jesus said, “go and tell” the world. Maybe you do not feel called to be a disciple, but you know you have a story of what Jesus has done for you. Share it.
Maybe you are like one of the disciples. You have sat at the feet of Jesus for many years. You know the bible stories, the songs, and the parables. You have seen the miracles and know the truth.
And yet you still doubt.
You still have trouble believing. Something has not clicked. You are still waiting for your quality time moment with Jesus, when your life, and your belief is transformed. All the while these cumulative moments are changing you.
Be patient. Wait for it. It will come. Love is patient.
Then go and make disciples of all the nations. Tell them how the good and patient Lord Jesus Christ, has transformed us, even with our doubts, imperfections, and inability to understand. The world needs to hear this. The world needs to know that God has called all of us…beyond the twelve disciples.
A deeper study at the lives that Jesus touched, beyond the twelve disciples, and how they too, fulfilled this great commission of going into the world.