Simplicity and the Great Commission

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

In the classic movie The Untouchables, a stellar cast that includes Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Andy Garcia form a police task force with the almost impossible job of cracking down on corruption during the prohibition days in Chicago. In one particular scene, Sean Connery’s character is gunned down hard. 20 bullets hit his frail body. Surprisingly, he doesn’t die right away and the wounded Connery manages to make it back into his home. Chuck Norris, is that you? Connery’s buddies come for him but it’s too late to save him. But before he dies, Connery (in his classic Sean Connery voice) passes on an important message to his comrades—the missing clue they need to find their final target (Al Capone played by Robert De Niro). The scene reminds me that a person’s final words are often some of the most important.

In Matthew 28, we find Jesus and His disciples on a mountain. The death on the cross had been completed, the resurrection had taken place, and Jesus was now about to ascend into heaven. But before He does that, He leaves His disciples with some final words—some of the most important words for any believer in the Messiah:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20, ESV

Ladies and gentlemen, this is our mission—one of our major purposes as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We’ve been entrusted with the important task of making disciples of all nations and it is both our privilege and our responsibility to carry it out. If there’s something that we must get right and get going in our lifetime, it should be that.

But quite often, the Great Commission gets sidelined because we don’t have the time, energy, and money to actually set foot in it. That’s where simplicity comes in. Can I simplify my schedule to free up time? Can I simplify my activities to free up energy? Can I simplify my spending choices to free up money? If we can learn to do so, we’ll find ourselves with more than enough time and space to carry out the mission that Christ entrusted to us: the making of disciples.