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 (NIV)
Go Make Disciples
There is no need to wait. There is no need to wait for what? There is no need for you to wait to start making disciples. What do you mean by that? Have you been thinking that I might send you somewhere distant to go and make disciples? Your commission does say to go and make disciples of all nations. Yes, that is the commission I have given to you as one of my followers. You do live in one of those nations don’t you? Yes, I do. Then, there is no need to wait.
You don’t have far to go. You can start making disciples the minute you leave your front door. You might also have opportunities to make disciples the second you go out your bedroom door. I can help my own family members to become your disciples. Yes, that’s right. How tragic would it be if you neglected your own family to go to make disciples somewhere else? Yes, that would be a tragic mistake. I won’t let happen. Our family members can all encourage each other to live and walk as your disciples. That’s a good plan.
You will be leading by example. What do you mean by that? You will be teaching others to do all that I have commanded you. You will be living as my witness in the world. You won’t be able to teach anyone anything if you are not living the life I want you to live. As my witness others must be able to see me living inside of you. You are my light in a world of darkness. What kinds of qualities do you think might be most attractive to potential disciples? I would say that the fruit of your Spirit living inside of me is what those living in the world need to see. Yes, that’s exactly right. Tell me again what is the fruit of my Spirit living inside of you. The fruit of your Spirit living inside of me is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That’s right. All of this fruit needs to be on display in and through your life. Anything less than this and you will not be shining brightly for me. Anything less than this and you will not be able to make disciples because the world will not be attracted to me through your life.
You won’t be on your own or working under your own power as you go into the world to make disciples. That is very good news. I will be with you every step of the way. I will be working in and through your life. I will lead you where I want you to go and give you all that I want you to say. I will be speaking through both the witness of your life and words of your mouth. In many cases people will seek you out and want to hear more about me. In other cases it will become very obvious to you who I’m leading you to talk to about me. There will be no need for you to be timid or fearful. In every case my hand and my power will rest on you. I will help you to go and make disciples now. Will you follow me to where I lead you to do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, thank you for calling and commissioning me to go into the world to make disciples of all nations. I will start right now, where I am, in my circle of influence. Help me to be an attractive witness that draws others to you. Amen
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