Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
It has been my great joy recently, by God’s grace, to put this verse into practice in my own life. I have come to this text with fresh and learning eyes through the process. I have seen in a new way the logical steps Jesus laid forth: go and make disciples, baptize them, then teach them to obey everything I’ve taught you…and I’ll be with you through it all. It’s been a blue print for me.
Jesus spoke this to His disciples that had been with Him for three years. They knew Him; no other qualifications needed. Now Jesus gave them detailed but not difficult instructions…a call to obedience. A final call that would change their lives and the whole world. It continues to change my life and those around me (when I am obedient). A disciple’s life boils down to knowing Jesus & obeying Him.
The beauty in my fresh view of this text was the reminder that a new disciple is called to the same life. They may be knowing Jesus for the first time (no prior knowledge) but after becoming a disciple and being baptized THEN they are taught everything. They don’t have to know it all first. They can go, baptize, and teach as they are being taught because they know Jesus and are obeying Him. Disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
Father, may we see that You have put us in our family, neighborhood, job, _______ (you fill in the blank) so that because of Your authority and presence in our lives, the gospel can spread. Give us the desire to increasingly know and obey You for Your glory, our good, and the salvation of those around us. Amen.
By Traci Altman