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.
It’s called the Great Commission. It does not offer suggestions, but four distinct commands. We have work to do. Life is short and eternity is long. We are called to “make disciples.”
Let’s check out these four commands:
- Go! Jesus calls us to action. Life with Jesus is more than simply reading another theological book or attending a Christian conference. Those things are needed for refueling, but Christians don’t live at the “gas station.” It’s time to get on the road and go!
- Make disciples of all nations! Disciple-making includes leading a person to Christ, but it doesn’t stop there. Jesus does not call us to mass-produce nominal Christians. We are commanded to help people throughout the world become rooted in the foundations of the faith.
- Baptize! Baptism is a public demonstration of Christ’s work within us. It is driving a spiritual stake in the ground. In essence, baptism is the ordinance that says, “I’m all in!”
- Teach! We must accurately explain God’s inerrant, authoritative Word with practical application. Bible knowledge should not make our heads bigger. Knowing God’s Word should make our hearts stronger.
And check this out: wherever we go, we are never alone. Jesus is always with us, even to the end. That great promise is the exclamation point on the Great Commission.
Lord Jesus, give me the courage to go, the urgency to make disciples, commitment to baptize, and passion to teach. Thank You for always being with me. In Your name. Amen.
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