One Small Word Makes A Big Difference

October 4, 2012


You tell your nine year old to eat all his alphabet soup. He leaves the table and you notice he failed to eat seven letter-shaped noodles. Do you call him back to the table to finish, saying, “I thought I told you to eat ALL of your noodles!”

You tell your fourteen year old, “Pick up all the clothes in your room.” You may even punctuate with, “What a sty!” When you return an hour later there are still two or three items of clothing under her bed. How do you react? Can you hear yourself saying, “Didn’t you hear me say all the clothes? Do you know what ALL means?”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

We regularly refer to that as the Great Commission.  The Great Commission is one tall order!  Jesus commands you and me to make disciples of panta ta ethnay.   Please, excuse my gree(ke)nglish. How do you say . . . Oh, yes!  “…all nations…”  Jesus wants us to make disciples of ALL.

There’s that word again: all. It’s a small word; only three letters.  Do we know what Jesus meant by “all?” Jesus makes this a no-brainer for us by saying,

“Panta ta ethnay will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32).

I suppose we could site a few passages to demonstrate who will be judged when Jesus returns but I believe we all know that ALL will be judged on the last day. Not only does that verse shed light on the meaning of all, but it also illuminates why Jesus wants us to reach out to all.  Some day, Jesus will have to judge every last one of them.  How much do you suppose Jesus will hurt every time he has to send someone to the left?  How much will you or I hurt?

God’s story is about His mission on earth.  Our mission, which must be consistent with His, should begin with evangelizing people…all people…to include those with disabilities.

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Michael Woods, M.A. BCaBA

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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