Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!
Chaplain Pat Monroe, Lutheran Hillside Village – Peoria, IL
It is very clear that Jesus expected His disciples to go out into the world and share the Good News of God’s love for all people. The disciples would have found this a dramatic change in the way they understood their God. They were part of the chosen people and God was their God, not the God of the gentiles. Yet, Jesus tells them before His ascension to go to all of the nations, to baptize them, and to teach them about Jesus as God’s love.
How often have we found ourselves in a similar position as God’s children? We often find ourselves convinced of God’s plans for us and those around us. But do we really know what God has in store for anyone, even ourselves? The mission God left for all of God’s children is a simple one: Go and make disciples of all nations, and, yet, we try to make it far more difficult by making judgments about one another. Those judgments are not part of our mission; in fact, they are often contrary to what God would have us do.
Our hymn for reflection this week gives us a pretty good idea what our mission is! “Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills, and everywhere; Go tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born.” Wherever we find ourselves, we are to tell those around us about Jesus! Why? Because Jesus came the first Christmas to show us how much God loves us.
That is truly the Good News; God loves YOU!
Gracious and loving God, You continue to call Your people to share Your love with those around them. Give each of us the strength to continue in our calling to share Your story with those You send our way. Amen.