All have sinned, and Scripture says, “the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 ASV).  The good news of the Gospel is that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).  Scripture explains that Christians have the responsibility to share the Gospel so that every unbeliever will have the opportunity to hear and believe (Romans 10: 12-15).  The Great Commission commands believers to share the Gospel in all the world, and only then will Christ will return.[1] This can be done with confidence because “what Christ has done guarantees what He will do.”[2] A key take away from this reading is the challenge of completing the task.  The text states that we should not be worried about closed doors that God can open overnight, but that we must address the disobedience of having doors open which we are not entering to share the Gospel.[3]  The great commission can also be looked at as a process instead of a goal.  The mandate must never be about only “making disciples,” but about “discipling all the peoples” as a whole.  When believers disciple new believers instead of only exposing them to the Gospel, there is a multiplication of workers for the harvest.  This will fulfill the commission “to bring about a result, a response, a global following of Jesus from every people.”[4]  This concept applies to both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  We are to love our neighbors and “transform entire neighborhoods by multiplying those who love one another as Christ commanded.”[5] Then the end will come and we will see Jesus face to face!

The reading for my class this week presented several challenges to believers.  I know for me, it has been true that I have been more focused on doors that are not yet open instead of walking through the open ones that don’t look like my mind thought they should.  The Lord has really been helping me in this area.  He gave me a big vision, but He is reminding me that the smaller, daily tasks are of no less importance at all.  When I was in therapy I told my therapist that I felt like I would be a part of a deliverance team one day.  I really didn’t even understand what that meant, I just somehow knew it.  Fast forward two years and I am on a deliverance team!  But this is what really blows my mind more than just that God revealed to me that I would be before He even showed me what it was.  He healed me from Dissociative Identity disorder (DID) and He is working through me to open up doors for people with mental illness to go through deliverance.  It’s hard to wrap my mind around how amazing this is!  Everyone needs deliverance, but we do have to use wisdom and make sure they are ready so that we do not leave them worse off than we find them.  My heart is so full that God is using the work we did in therapy to help other people who dissociate be able to go through deliverance safely and efficiently.  I was shocked when He answered my prayer five years ago to meet another person with DID.  I never would have thought in a million years that He would one day be sending people with DID from other states for healing and deliverance.  He aligns it all, we don’t advertise or have a website about deliverance, etc.  We just trust God to send us who He wants us to take through it and He amazes me all the time!  He is always stretching and growing me.  I can’t believe I get to live this life!!  Growing roots in Christ was not easy, it was hard work and therapy was so painful, but there is so much fruit that brings glory to God now!!  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Blessings, Sharon