In the current issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, there is an article with this very title. “Impress the hell out of your boss.”
Hopefully you will get past the fact that I do indeed read Cosmopolitan, mainly for entertainment purposes (cough cough). As a matter of fact, I am a subscriber. Don’t you see how God can use my quirky little magazine subscription to give me great ideas to write about here?
When I first caught a glance of the title of the article, the evangelist in me did an arm pump and I thought, “Yes! Let the conversion begin! Let the sinner’s prayer commence!”
After some reflection, the title really does convey the purpose of the Great Commission, even if it is in a roundabout way:
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: 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. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 The Message
“Go out and train everyone you meet.” Wow, that’s a lofty charge. Everyone! That includes your boss, co-workers, the lady at the deli you see every week when you buy sandwich meat, the gas station attendant who collects your payment, and your next door neighbor.
Impress has many definitions. The definition as intended by the article is “–verb (used without object), to create a favorable impression; draw attention to oneself.”
But I like these other definitions to suit my purpose here:
–verb (used with object)
1. to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings; influence in opinion: He impressed us as a sincere young man.
2. to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts: to impress the importance of honesty on a child.
3. to urge, as something to be remembered or done: She impressed the need for action on them.
The Great Commission doesn’t say, “scare people with the prospect of spending an eternity in hell,” although that can be a very real deterrent from living a life apart from God. The Great Commission tells us to train everyone we meet, baptize them, and instruct them in Jesus’ commands.
- We are to influence those around us by our steadfast love and faith.
- We are to imprint on the memories of our coworkers, friends, and strangers we meet the importance of living a Christ-centered life.
- We are to urge the people in our lives (all people who God loves so very much, by the way) to make the decision for Christ.
When we do these things, and are instruments of God to lead people to Christ, then guess what? We have impressed the hell right out of them! They will be Heaven bound!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to read this article about sexy summer fashions.