Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
This simple statement from Jesus is known as “The Great Commission.” Jesus states that He has been given authority (by God), and because Jesus has the authority that sets the foundation for us to go. So much of the emphasis placed on these verses is the verb “go.” But the “going” isn’t the only action in Jesus statement. We’re commissioned to “go”, but we’re also commissioned to “make disciples.” As we “go and make” Jesus reminds us that we don’t go on our own, but He will always be with us, and since he has authority in heaven and earth we walk in that same authority as His followers. Jesus doesn’t limit where we should “go and make” either. His instructions are to go to “all the nations”, to all the people groups, which might mean the community where God has placed me now, or it might mean to a village in Haiti or Guatemala. My responsibility is to follow Jesus and imitate him as I “go and make disciples.”
Am I truly going into the world, into my workplace, into my community, and looking for opportunities to help people get connected to God? Am I in the business of making disciples, and helping people learn to obey everything that God has commanded? Being a follower of Jesus is about more than just attending church, being a person of integrity, and listening to K-Love on the radio. I need to get out of my daily routine more often and look for ways to “go and make.”
Jesus, help me to remember that you have been given authority, and that you are always with me. As I go to work, or to school, or to the grocery store today help me to see people the way that you see them, and open the door for me to help them connect with you. Open my eyes to see the person or people that you want me to help learn to obey everything you have commanded and take their next step. Speak to my heart about what Mission Trip you may want me to go on this year, or what you would have me give so that others could go. Amen.
Matt Klingensmith, Executive Team