There are few things which set the blood pumping as much as watching a team make a heroic charge to victory. Whether it’s an underdog basketball team surging to an upset or a football team pushing down the field in the last two minutes of a game, such an effort is quite a thing to behold.
When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He is inviting us into an effort like that. Jesus’ mission was “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He did not do that by standing at a distance but by drawing right into the enemy territory and bringing salvation through His life, death, and resurrection. He accomplished His mission, but He invited His followers to join Him in that charge.
Even before the Cross, Jesus called out and trained twelve closest followers. He sent them out as part of His charge into the world: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16). From there, He gathered a larger group: “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go” (Luke 10:1). The final words of Matthew’s gospel, known so well as the Great Commission, encapsulate Jesus’ commission of His followers to continue the charge:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:18-20)
Being a follower means that we have the privilege of joining the charge. Not just anyone can do this, but only those who have heard His call, been set free, and are following Him in their way of life. This is at least part of what this season of Lent, which we are marking with our ||40days|| journey, is all about.
So as we consider following Jesus this week, what do you think it looks like for you to follow Him in His charge to seek and to save the lost? What people are lost around you? What areas of your neighborhood or city are lost? What does it look like to step out with all confidence in Jesus to put your life on the line in His heart-pounding charge? Ask Him to speak to you.