Extreme Dog Grooming?

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.  – Psalm 19:1-2 NIV

What do you live for? I discovered a new sport called “extreme dog grooming.” People make thousands of dollars on a single weekend from winning prizes in this art form. You might google it to see the crazy things you can do with dog fur sculpture! Other people live for fame, money, sex, pleasure or work.

But Jesus commanded His disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations. This was His choice of the top task He wants all His people to be pursuing—individually, corporately, and globally.

Why? Why did Jesus choose this as His last command before He left the earth? I can think of two reasons. First, the Great Commission fills the world with the glory of God. We honor God in doing this. Secondly, the Great Commission seeks the highest good of mankind. We show love to our fellow humans in obeying this command.

How does the Great Commission fill the world with the glory of God? We start, as I said yesterday, with the authority of Jesus over everything (Matthew 28:18). With His authority He tells His disciples to go preach the gospel. When we look at the voice of creation in glorifying God, we see that it reflects His power and wisdom: In October of 2016 a report from NASA mentioned 200 billion galaxies in the universe. But it added that new research shows that this is at least ten times too low an estimate! So creation mirrors God’s glory.

But creation does not declare the glory of the gospel. And the gospel is the greatest revelation of the glory of God!

Submitted by:
Dan Rude
The Great Commission
Faithwalkers Midwest 2016

One-Year Bible Reading
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11

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