by James Merritt

Daily Homework
James Merritt
Matthew 28:18-20


1. When I first started school, I wasn't like most kids in several respects. First of all, I actually started a year early, but I was always physically one year behind the rest of my class. I made up for being one of the smaller kids by focusing on academics. I really enjoyed reading and became a voracious reader and I had a burning passion to make good grades.

2. For the most part, I liked my teachers. There was one type of teacher I absolutely could not stand. Believe it or not, it was not the strict disciplinarian, nor was it the person who gave tough tests. I could handle both of those. The teacher I didn't like was the one that gave daily homework. I had some teachers that just felt like you had to have some assignment every single day. I can honestly say, looking back, that perhaps those teachers were some of the best ones, because it kept you focused on the subject.

3. Whether you realize it or not, before Jesus Christ left this earth, He gave the church corporately and Christians individually daily homework. Believe it or not, our daily homework is wrapped up in a small two-lettered word that packs a powerful punch. It is the word, ''go.'' The daily homework of every Christian and every church is this,

''Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'' (Matthew 28:19-20)

4. That little word ''go'' is a very powerful word. It is two-thirds of the word ''God'', one-third of the word, ''Gospel'', and one-half of the word, ''good.'' It is a little word with a big meaning.

5. Most of us don't have any problem with going somewhere on a daily basis whether it is to work or to school or to shop or to run errands or to buy groceries, but Jesus said our daily homework is to ''Go and make disciples.''

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