Go, Make Disciples
As Christians we hear the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 a lot. I often think about the task Jesus gives to us and it is a bit overwhelming. These are the words Jesus said to his disciples:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. -ESV
These words spurred on Jesus’ frightened, cowardly, and unimpressive disciples to reach a world that never heard of Jesus’ greatness. Today, I am grateful for the work of these disciples because we see their great impact throughout the world. Without God’s amazing work through them I would not be a believer, but they did not start by reaching every nation, they started small and we should follow suit. I learned this principle during my time in college.
Every year Crown College has a theme for chapels and events. During my last semester the theme was “Going Global”. It’s focus was on supporting missionaries and preaching Christ to the world. This is a great goal but this theme along with Jesus’ command in Matt. 28 is daunting. I asked myself, “How could I reach the entire world?” The answer was obvious…I couldn’t. When I came to that realization I had to take another look at Jesus’ words.
Reaching the nations doesn’t mean that I need to become a world traveller. It simply means that within my sphere of influence I need to do my best to preach Christ through my words and deeds. That is the Great Commission. The Gospel is not only for the Jews but it is for the Gentiles also. The Gospel isn’t just for the religious but it is for the atheist. The Gospel isn’t just for the people who have their lives in order but it is also for the broken. The Gospel is for everyone.
That is the command and the task at hand. Whether it is at the local coffee shop, golf course, school, or work it is our job to make disciples.
Go, make disciples.
Thanks for reading.
- Thanks, Prayer, and Evangelism (AnotherChristianBlog.org)
- In the Face of Death (AnotherChristianBlog.org)