All

“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 28:19-20)

All - /ôl/ used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing
 
If you all thought that GO was a big word, just wait for today’s word. ALL. I mean, for the love, Jesus used such little words that held such an enormous impact. The “whole of a group or thing” seems like an easy concept, right? Eat ALL your veggies, make your bed ALL the days, work hard ALL the time, do ALL the things. We are inundated with ALL. But, this ALL is in regards to people, which can make it sticky. 

Since the very beginning, there have been angst and struggles between people. Cain and Abel taught us even sharing blood isn’t enough to make two people be kind and love one another. So, when Jesus said “all nations,” what do you think He meant? Yep, you got it. All.

So, it begs the question… who is ALL? 

Oh sweet friends, it’s ALL the people. Sounds simple. The precious neighbor that shares her freshly baked bread? Yep, her. That group in a foreign land that you can send Bibles and resources to? For sure, them. Your friend at the office that is open to knowing more about your church? An easy yes. 

But, there is more to the ALL. 

The cranky cashier at the store? Yep, her. The Facebook friend always spouting things you don’t agree with? For sure, him. The person that drives you crazy in the office? Them too. It’s all the people… the ones that don’t think like, look like, live like us, and the ones that do. 

Lord, open our minds and hearts to the ALL. We so love and treasure the grace and mercy You give. Help us to share that gift with all that cross our path. Let us see all of the people as You do! Amen.

By Carrie Peterson
 
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  

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