And Jesus came and said to them, “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.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
Is that a scary word? What word? Go, is that a scary word? I guess it is, at least to me. Why is that? Go, means to leave the comfortable and familiar. Go, requires action. You can’t sit around in response to the word go. Stay, is a much easier and more comfortable word. I could stay anywhere and do nothing. Is comfort your goal? Is doing nothing your aim? Do you want your life to be barren? Do you want your life to be fruitless? No, certainly not. I want my life to bear rich fruit for your kingdom. I want my life to store up treasure in heaven with you. You use those words fruit and treasure quite a bit. Yes, I do. What is fruit? What would your life look like if it were fruitful? A fruitful life is one that goes and does your will. What is my will? It is your will that I go into the world to make disciples of all nations. You want me to teach others all that you have commanded. You want me to baptize people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yes, I do. People that give their lives to you and become your disciples are fruit. Disciples should be the fruit of my labor for you. That is your great commission. You have called me to go and make disciples. Am I right? Yes, you are right. What is treasure? What would your life look like if it had stored up an abundance of treasure? I can tell you one thing for certain. What’s that? It is pointless to store up treasure in this life. I came into this world with nothing. I will leave this world with nothing. That’s only partly true, isn’t it? That’s right. I can store up treasure in heaven with you. My life can send treasure on ahead of me to heaven. How so? Anything, I do for you in this life will be storing up treasure in heaven with you. The biggest treasure that can be stored up in heaven are the people that will become your disciples through the work you have given me to do in this life. One day, I hope to see a multitude of people in heaven who will say that I had a small part of them coming to you as their Savior and Lord. Nothing is more important than that. No fruit is sweeter or treasure richer than helping others come to know you as their Savior and Lord. So, you are making it your life mission to go and make disciples? Yes, I am. That is very good. I will be with you always to help you in this work. Bear fruit for my kingdom! Store up treasure in heaven with me! Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will go into the word to make disciples of all nations. I will teach others all that you have commanded. I will baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I know you will be with me in this work. Help me to bear rich fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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