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After Jesus had completed the plan of salvation by ushering in the New Covenant, He made several post-resurrection appearances. These visits were purposeful; He did not come back to make small talk or chit-chat about old times. For example, John adds a post-script to his gospel by adding what is designated as Chapter 21. It seems that John puts the pen down, then after thoughtful contemplation, says, “Oh, one more thing…”

The dialogue in this final chapter of John is principally with Peter. Peter and some of the other young disciples decided to go back to their fishing careers. The crew had caught a large amount of fish, but the nets did not break. This might be a clue that they had bought all new equipment.  Jesus asks, “Do you love me more than these [fish]?”  Peter, having denied Jesus just a short while before, was stuck. He had to submit to Christ, and he did. Although Peter was regarded by his contemporaries as ordinary and uneducated, he and the others, along with the Holy Spirit, turned the world upside down.  It may be that in the midst of your career, the Lord asks the same question. “Do you love me more than life as you know it?”

As a generation we are better equipped to disciple the nations than at any other time in history.  We are not specifically called to evangelize the nations. That may be a part of discipleship, but after 150 years of modern missions, evangelism has, for the most part, not worked to produce generations of people in “receiving” countries that are prepared to equip others.

Nations of the world are not asking Westerners to do evangelism, church planting, church growth, education, business, government, or healthcare; they are asking us to help them to do it.  Will you be part of the movement to disciple the nations? For you see, at the end of His time on earth, Jesus is quoted as saying, “Now therefore go and make disciples of the nations” [Matthew 28:19].  The sense we get from scripture then, is that the first thing Jesus may ask us in glory is, “What did you do with my last request?”  What is your life-response?

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext. Locally he attends a Torah study and serves as chairman of the Sewer Commission in his community to be a witness among unchurched leaders.

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2 thoughts on “Wait! One More Thing”

  1. I too have found considerable blockades to serving Jesus Christ as He commanded. I have served with several large and small organizations in the US, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

    My passion is to serve and set up an leadership institute in the area of St. Petersburg, Russia and in Slovakia. I have operated an international prayer chain on the Internet since 1997. I am currently writing training materials (Bible Studies) that are delivered free and without restriction or obligation to pastors in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawa, and Russia.

    In July I will be 72 and still have a burning passion to comply with Matthew 28:19, 20, and 2 Timothy 2:2. If this is a possibility within your organization I would be very interested in talking more.

    Seems like you are already very busy, but now want to do something different or something more. Since you have extensive experience, we suggest you complete a profile, see what organizations match your passion and experience, then make a proposal for ministry. Mission organizations are very open to you taking initiative.

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  2. I have been doing a lot of study about how we do church, and am more and more convinced that at a certain time we took the wrong turn as the community of believers, and now find ourselves not meeting the goal for which we launched out. Strange that the lord made it all so simple, yet we complicate things to our detriment.

    The answer is in Matthew 28:19-20 (disciples and nations). We are to teach them, not do it for them. I agree with you totally.

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