During the Civil War, congress passed a bill and President Lincoln signed into law a commission to build a Railroad to the Pacific Coast.
Stephen Ambrose tells the story in his book, Nothing Like It In The World. Building the Transcontinental Railroad was a dream, a call, a commission, a compelling goal.
-- Nothing Like It In The World, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Somehow, I see the early church with that kind of passion for reaching the world with the good news story concerning Jesus Christ. The Union Pacific planned and built the railroad like they were going all the way to California. The Central Pacific planned and built the railroad like they were going all the way to Omaha. When the survey crews met, they laid out a route many times in sight of each other. When the graders came along, they were grading two roads, next to one another. Congress finally settled on a meeting place in Utah.
If every church could grasp Jesus’ commission as a commission to her, there may be some overlap, but we would all be racing to reach a world for Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB) Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) 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, (20) teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”