“Sara, I noticed yesterday that we were complaining a lot about the situation we are facing.”

I cringed. I knew my friend was right, but I didn’t want to hear it. Together, we had disobeyed the Biblical command not to complain, and together, my friend and I wanted to begin living in gratitude and contentment even though the situation was hard.

Later that day I texted another friend that I had been complaining to. “Hey, can you help me with something?” I wiggled my thumbs around, trying to piece together the right words. “Can you call me out when I complain about this particular situation?” Even just speaking that out loud has made me think twice every time I feel the urge to complain about the situation.

Today’s passage is The Great Commission. Go into all the world and preach the gospel. What a beautiful, holy charge Jesus gave the apostles — and gave us. But something in it sticks out to me, specifically. “He said to them.” Jesus didn’t pull Peter aside and tell him alone to preach the good news to the world. No, Jesus gave this command to a band of brothers.

I recently heard a pastor point out that The Great Commission is not simply a mission but a co-mission. It is something we are called to do — together. Isn’t that so relieving? Earlier, in Mark 6, Jesus sends them out on a short-term mission trip of sorts and he sends them out in pairs. The Early Church in Acts demonstrates the value of obeying with other believers. Even Paul, who seemed like a one-man show sometimes, was a man who traveled with like-minded brothers and sisters and who relied on them in his service to the churches.

I don’t know what specific area of your life that God is calling you to obedience in right now. But I want to encourage you to reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are here to fight alongside you and to encourage each other in pursuing God and being faithful to him.

Let’s obey together.

Lord, thank you that you do not leave us alone. Help us to understand what you are calling us to, and to support each other well as we obey. In your name we pray, amen.

Throughout This Day: Ask the Lord to bring to your mind brothers or sisters in Christ that he wants you to encourage today by praying for them, contacting them, or doing something with them.

Tags: Daily Devotional Mark 16
Photo Credit: Jack Hishmeh on Unsplash