I’ve been chewing on this verse for awhile now… a couple months actually. It strikes me as being such a true statement of where many (believers and non-believers) are.
“Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. “
These verses come after Jesus was crucified, raised from the dead and then after he revealed himself to many. Worship is such an interesting thing. We get to participate in the most fitting thing ever. Praising and adoring the One who truly deserves it. However, worship can also be really hard. It’s hard to worship when life isn’t what you thought it should be. When crisis hits and God seems to be absent.
In this verse many were at a crossroads. Here is this guy Jesus who caused such a ruckus… He was crucified not so long ago… and yeah he got raised from the dead… but I’m not so sure if I would die, if I’d get raised from the dead… and is it really worth it?…. maybe I’ll just hang back here for awhile and see what happens…
What’s interesting to me are the verses that follow:
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age.’ “
I love that word choice. Undeterred. The mission doesn’t change because of our response. Even though some were afraid of worshipping Christ and following Him, it didn’t change the call. The same is true for me and you. The calling Christ has placed on the church and for each one of us doesn’t change when worship looks like it might be a bit risky.
There is an invitation awaiting us. An invitation to worship. And in the process somewhere along the line perhaps we face risk. Yet, without facing the risk we miss the calling.
I urge you not to be a bystander, not to hold back, but to worship Jesus. No matter what the cost… for the calling is greater than any cost.