Since you are taking the time to read a missionary’s blog, I know you already believe that Easter is not about a bunny and colored eggs. But with all the artificial hoopla wrapped around Easter, yes, even in South Africa, it got me to thinking about this question; Did Jesus put all His eggs in one basket?
We’ve all received prudent and practical counsel at one time or another not to put all our eggs in one basket. This is true when investing money…diversify, diversify, and diversify. What about eating and exercise? A balanced diet involves eating from all the food groups. In physical fitness, a cross-training regiment of various exercises is a good thing because it increases our overall physical condition, right?
So then, did Jesus put all His eggs in one basket? And if so, are we putting all our eggs in the same basket or have we applied the concept of diversification to the mission. Have we intentionally or even unintentionally veered away from Christ’s charge and plan for us?
As you consider your answer to the question, let’s think about a few things. One reason we don’t invest in just one financial vehicle is because it might fail to yield the dividend we desire. The current economy gives evidence to this and some of you are saying right now, “You got that right.” But here is what strikes me. I think Jesus did put all His eggs in one basket, and that is to make disciples. He didn’t diversify…One basket, One Great Commission.
Here is Plan A. 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 Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
So what’s Plan B? There is no Plan B. We’re it. We’re the “eggs” who have been called out by God, followers of the living Savior, who are charged with carrying out this plan. We are His Plan A…His only plan. Think of it, over 2,000 years later and it’s still going strong. Jesus didn’t need to diversify. His plan works. Even with frail and sinful commodities, such as you and me the plan to reach the nations is happening.
Jesus made disciples and then left the gospel in the hands of a few — and the plan reached us. We heard the truth — Jesus died, was buried and was resurrected. Unbelievable!
And now here we stand, teamed up as ministry partners that we might continue the plan to share the same good news, see people come to faith in Jesus, nurture them as they become disciples, bring them into a community of believers called the church to be baptized, taught, trained and sent out to reproduce and make more disciples.
This year we begin the process of starting another church in the Western Cape. Would you join us in prayer? Seriously, the whole idea feels so overwhelming. Our thoughts easily go back to the early days of starting Mountain View, remembering all the joy but also the hard work and long hours. It’s good to remember that this is His plan and we are not alone on the journey. Many of you have been with us from the beginning of our call to South Africa, and many others have joined along the way. We can all be encouraged, on both sides of the ocean, that with the charge for Plan A comes a promise we can cling to, the remaining words of the commission. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Maybe that’s why Jesus isn’t afraid to put all His eggs in the same basket. It depends on Him, not us.
Thanks for your part in Plan A and thank you for investing in us. We think you’re pretty good eggs. Enjoy your Easter and praise God for the risen Savior!