Jesus charges all who would call be his followers to “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20 MSG) Many would say easier said than done because they feel inept at spreading the Christian story.
If you walk into a room with teens, outside of a school setting, you will not have to wait long before you see one texting to another teen. If you walk into visit someone in a care home there may be some who have heard of “texting” but would have little need or interest in doing so. Both however have a short attention span. The younger forgets, because they were raised with technology and abbreviations, and the older because their memory has started to fade. The rest of us are somewhere in between. For some “Facebook” and instant messaging has replaced face to face, ear to ear or pen to paper communication as their norm. Old and young alike are tempted to throw their hands up and not even try, but that would be wrong. Jesus finishes verse twenty above with “I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” With that hope we can keep sharing what we know about Jesus they way we know how. Just keep it up and trust that Christ will fill in the gaps.
I came across a familiar story this week about a young boy and his mom at a concert pianist performance. Mom, wanting to motivate her son in his piano lessons found seats near the front of the concert hall and began visiting with a friend. Mom had lost track of her son who had wondered off, but was soon rediscovered, “Yipes!” When the lights came up to begin the concert her son was spied on the piano bench of the grand piano plinking out “Twinkle, Twinkle little star”. Before anything could be done the Master Pianist appeared on the stage and whispered to the young boy “Keep Playing”. The concert pianist began playing with such skill and mastery that soon the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized.