The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
As a child I was an introvert, I’m talking extreme introvert, I didn’t want to go and do the things that other kids were doing, I was perfectly happy doing my own thing, my own way.
This day in age that’s hard, society says you must do things a certain way to fit in, society says if you’re not extraverted then something must be wrong with you.
It was hard when I was young, but it’s harder now. Especially with social media, and with the never-ending cavalcade of parades, festivals, fairs, picnics, and any other mass gathering of people intended to be of a social nature. If you’re not there, you’re not cool.
Now, I’m a father and my son who is now six is showing the same ‘symptoms’ of introverted-itis. As parents do, they worry for their children and I’m no different. I know how hard it was when I was a kid and I don’t want him to feel the same way I often felt. At times I wanted so bad to be a part of the cool crowd, and then at the same time I didn’t like what they did and how they treated others, like me.
I see so much of me in him and I feel bad because I know he will find himself in the catch 22 position of wanting to have more friends, or even just one, and wanting to do his own thing, the things that make him happy.
As he grows up I’m sure he will find his path and I will be right there to help him if he wants me to and hopefully he will come to know that God made him exactly who he was intended to be.
And that brings me to the Bible text for today, Jesus said to go and make disciples. Go out, into the world and talk to people about Jesus! That’s a tough task for the outgoing Christian, not to mention for the shy, quiet one who wants to be left alone. On top of that, society says that your faith should be kept to yourself. So not only does the introvert have to overcome his own fears and anxieties about just talking to people, he has to work his way around society’s perception of how one should manifest his faith.
Society says “keep it to yourself” Jesus says “go out and make disciples” society says “your faith is true for you, but not for everyone” Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life”.
That’s a lot of pressure for the average adult Christian, evangelizing is not for the faint of heart and yet Jesus left no such escape clause for those of us who identify as introverts. Once more, that’s hard for those that God created as introverted from the start.
Maybe, God knew what He was doing when He made me the way I am. Maybe He knew what He was doing when He gave me a son with the very same mannerisms. No, not maybe, He knew! He always knows.
God has a purpose for me and a purpose for my son. God has a plan and it’s probably already in action, I just don’t know it.
He has a plan for you too! Who you are, what you like, how you see the world and behave in it are all a part of how He made you.
He can use that to spread His Word! He may already have, you just don’t know it.
“And be sure of this” Jesus says “I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
That can and should be of great comfort to me and to my son and to you as you go baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is with you! You will come across people who don’t believe what we believe, they will call you names, they will insult you and God. Just keep going, even if they don’t receive the message now, there may come a time when they will think back at what you said and how you handled it when they attacked you, they may open their hearts just enough for a little bit of Jesus to sneak in and begin to transform them.
I believe that one way God uses me and my introverted nature is this blog, maybe someone will hear Him for the first time and you can help! Share this, like it, print it and tack it to the bulletin board at work, I don’t care how it’s done just get people talking about Jesus. Not in the form of curse words like they like to do, but as Jesus the savior of mankind, my savior, my son’s savior and hopefully now, your savior.