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 28:19-20 (NIV)
How did I go and make disciples? You went out to seek and save the lost. You were looking for people who were in need. You got involved in relationships. You lived in relationships with people who needed you. Is that right? Yes, that is right. I made relationships with people in the world all around me. If you want to make disciples you cannot live in isolation. If you want to make disciples you must build relationships with people. You must work hard at building relationships if you want to go and make disciples for me. I want to make disciples for you. Yes, I know.
You won’t have to go far if you want to make disciples for me. What do you mean by that? Do you know people that are bruised and battered by life? Do you know people that are walking down the wrong path in life? Do you know people that have lost their way and are far from me? Do you know people that have reached the end of their rope and are crying out for help? I’m not sure. Well, these people are all around you, throughout your entire day. You will need to keep your eyes open so you can see those who are in need. You will need to keep your ears open so you can hear their cries for help. You will need to listen to me. I will guide you. I will lead you. I will send you out to go and make disciples. Will you keep your eyes and ears open? Will you listen to me? Will you go where I guide you to do all that I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will.
You have been telling me that you want to bear fruit for my kingdom. You have been saying that you want to bring glory to my name. You have wanted your life to be well used and count for all eternity. Do I have all of this correct? Yes Lord, I have been saying all of this to you. Then go and make disciples. I am sending you out. I will be with you to help you. I will bear fruit through your life. You will bring glory to my name. Your life will count for all eternity. I will go and make disciples. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been a loner. I have lived much of my life in isolation from others. I have not developed close and intimate relationships with others. Help me to go out into the world to live in disciple making relationships with others. Amen
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