“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. – Matt.28:18-20
These verses are known as the Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion. Let me briefly remind you of some of the important truths within the Great Commission that you can take with you in your daily life.
Jesus has been given ALL authority in heaven and earth
What does all mean? All means all and that is all that all means. We need to have this in the forefront of all that we do. Jesus is in control. There is absolutely nothing that limits Him. It is that simple.
We have been sent with His authority
As we seek to ‘GO and make disciples of all nations,’ we need to remember this. We are not seeking to do this in our own strength or with our own resources, but we have been sent with His authority. Therefore, anything that we will need to accomplish what He has commanded us to do, He will provide.
He said, “Go”
This is a call to action. There is going to be intentionality involved in this.
Identifying with Christ
Baptism. An act of obedience. Identifying ourselves with Christ. Read Romans 6.
We see God’s heart for all of the nations throughout the Scriptures. Don’t limit what God wants to do. Go to everyone. No matter the culture, color of skin, language, background, etc. All nations.
Teaching them to obey
This is where ‘the rubber meets the road.’ It is not simply that we are to teach people; but we are to teach them to obey what Christ is speaking into their lives. As we seek to follow after Christ, reach people for Christ, and make disciples of Christ, obedience is simply a truth that cannot be ignored. This is where growth takes place.
The promise of His presence
‘I am always with you…’ – It is important that we connect this promise with the context of the previous Scriptures. As we seek to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all things that Jesus commands us, we have the assurance that Jesus is with us in this process. No matter what the situation. No matter what the language. No matter the difficulty. He is with us in this process. May we never forget this truth.
My dear brothers and sisters. There is a great cost to discipleship, but the rewards are completely worth it. Read Revelation 7:9-11. If you are not personally discipling someone at this time, I would encourage you to begin to pray and ask God to show you whose life you are to start investing into. Disciple them. Disciple them to disciple others. See how your personal life will change in the process as well. God bless you!
Men’s and Women’s discipleship groups start for us next week! Keep us in your payers! We are really excited to see what God is going to do!