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.
Are you a disciple? And by disciple, I mean: are you a follower of Jesus Christ? If so, there was probably someone in your life who helped lead you to that place where you made that decision. Maybe there were many people who influenced you and pushed you toward Jesus. Maybe it was a parent, pastor, or friend. For the original disciples (Peter, John, James, etc.) that person was Jesus himself.
Today’s passage is a quote from Jesus. When He looked His disciples in the eyes and was basically telling them: I have led you to this point and now it’s your turn to replicate what I’ve done in your life for others.
Moving forward throughout history, we can see that they followed his example. They carried and passed on the good news. As a result, we know the truth and have found freedom. All of this because they were faithful to what Jesus asked them to do. We stand on their shoulders.
The disciples were given the Great Commission to share the Gospel, which means good news. The good news is that God loves us and that he has made a way for us to be made right with Him through faith in His son Jesus. Like the disciples, we believers have been invited into a relationship with Jesus. We have found hope, love, and joy as a result. However, in the glow of the fullness that Jesus brings into our souls, He also asks us to not be stingy with His grace.
The good news is meant to be shared. We have been charged with that tremendous responsibility: to make disciples. Making disciples is about building relationships, meeting needs, and helping others find spiritual maturity in their walk with Jesus. And we’re not alone. The Holy Spirit is working in and through us as we share and teach those who are willing to listen. God is with us as we carry the Gospel to the world.
Thought of the day: Are you a disciple maker? Do you see yourself as having the responsibility to make disciples in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? If you claim to be a believer, if you have put your hope and faith in Jesus, then the Bible says that this is our next step.
If you’ve never shared your faith with others before, what’s keeping you from looking for those opportunities with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers? Who is that person in your life who really needs to hear about the love of God? Let’s continue the work that Jesus started. Let’s reach out to the people God brings into our lives to share the hope we’ve found.
One last thought on this subject: let’s preach the Gospel with our actions as well as our words. It does absolutely no good to whisper Jesus’ name to a neighbor while we are living a life that is contradictory to what the Bible teaches. May we gain wisdom and courage from the Holy Spirit to live out our faith.
Prayer: Father, please bring people into my life who need to hear from you and help me to be a worthy representative. Give me the tools I need and the words to say. May others come to know and follow You as You work in and through me. May you receive all the glory. Amen!