Four Questions Answered with One Word

When the Lord called me to plant churches, I was overwhelmed with a great sense of helplessness. Four sincere questions erupted from the depths of my heart: Who am I? Where do I go? What do I say? When should I start? Then—through the study of the Bible—I encountered the basis for all ministry, especially the work of church planting in Matthew 28. Right there in the Great Commission was the overwhelming answer to my questions and the cure for my anxiety. The word all jumped off the pages, resonated in my heart, and strengthened my resolve and reliance on God’s Word and Spirit to accomplish his calling in my life. All is a pretty broad word; it means more than a little, or some. The dictionary defines it as, “being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity.” Not much is left to be said when all the money is gone, or someone ate all the chocolate. The adjective all is broadly narrow. If someone has all that means someone else is left without. When all has been done, there’s nothing left to do. If we are told to tell all, it implies leaving nothing unsaid. Always doesn’t leave one nano-second unoccupied. All possesses, encompasses, focuses, and endures. Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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...