Go and Make Disciples
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"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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
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Hardly any subject gets more press coverage, or sparks more debate, than global warming. It is being blamed for higher temperatures, storms, rising sea levels, droughts, and virtually any other phenomenon which we can't explain. There are some who believe that if a solution is not found, the world is doomed. There are others who think global warming is just a natural trend which will correct itself in time. The purpose of our lesson today is not to try to persuade you one way or the other about the issue of global warming. I would, however, like to discuss global warming of a different kind and encourage you to do your part to increase it.
Back in 1969, a composer by the name of Kurt Kaiser wrote a song entitled "Pass It On." Here is a part of the lyrics of that song:
Pass It On
It only takes a spark,
To get a fire going.
And soon all those around
Can warm up it it's glowing.
That's how it is with God's love
Once you've experienced it;
You spread his love to everyone,
You want to pass it on.
There is no doubt that our Lord approved of this form of global warming. Before he returned to heaven, he gave this admonition to his disciples, "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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
You and I have the Good News that the world needs. Let's "Pass It On."
Father, we have been given the task of making disciples of all nations. Help us to be faithful in sharing your love and teaching others to keep your commandments. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Note: "Pass It On" is found in many hymnals and song books. You can find a list on Hymnary.org.)