I remember it vividly. The hallways were cold and dark. The walk seemed like it was never going to end. Once I had arrived, I remember standing in the doorway, not wanting to go in. The fear, the dread, the awkwardness, the pain just seemed entirely too hard to bare. As I drug my feet along into the hospital room, I saw my family surrounding a bed. Some were standing, some were sitting, some were silent while others were engaged in conversations. Lying in the bed was my Uncle Rick. An incredible, middle-aged man who was known for being loving, generous, and a genius when it came to auto body work. My uncle Rick was the best of the best, He was known all over for his restoration and love of Corvettes. His work was absolutely beautiful.
As he lay in this hospital bed, diminishing from cancer, he continued to have an air of joy. When I approached the bed, I noticed a nurse by his side checking his vitals. She was there for only moment before walking away. As she did, I heard my uncle speak to her.
“Young lady…. Do you know Jesus?”
Time froze, or so it seemed. The young nurse seemed unsure of how to respond, but answered, “Sure.” Upon her response, my uncle continued, “Now I want you to make sure that you really get to know Jesus. You are nothing without Him.” The nurse smiled and exited the room. I’m pretty sure that everyone in the room that day felt a little awkward, yet incredibly moved. I know I was.
Thinking back on that powerful day, I’m reminded of a flood of scriptures.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. – Acts 9:15
However, the verse that stands out the most to me is Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and said to them, “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.”
THE GREAT COMMISSION – THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR CALLING
For those of us who follow Jesus, the Great Commission is the lifeblood of our calling as disciples. It’s our mission. We want and need to share Jesus with the world. EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s impossible to look around without realizing how much the world needs Jesus. But, many times we’re lazy and apathetic to the call. I’m not trying to be harsh, but I am trying to be real.
We shouldn’t stop sharing Jesus when we get busy at work or school.
We shouldn’t stop sharing Jesus when we go on vacation.
We shouldn’t stop sharing Jesus when life gets hard
And we shouldn’t even stop sharing Jesus when we’re lying on our deathbed waiting for Him to take us home.
We should NEVER STOP sharing Jesus.
That was the last day I saw my uncle alive as he died a short time afterward. But isn’t that the most beautiful final memory to have of him; Hearing him speak the name of Jesus into someone’s life even when he was days away from his departure.
I have no idea what ever happened with that nurse and God only knows how she took that truth, but the most important thing was that my uncle followed the conviction on his heart and spoke the name of Jesus.
If we truly love Jesus the way we say we do, then let’s stop making excuses of why we don’t share Him; Let’s get out there and do it!
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:2-6