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
Her fingers nervously play with her bag as she murmurs a prayer walking in. Being new is hard sometimes. As her foot crosses the threshold, her ears are bombarded with sound. Then it registers what she’s hearing. Languages. All around people speak in their native tongues. A smile spreads across her face. Her night spent around a table with people of 12 different nations. Her students may not remember the English class vocabulary, but it remains an experience she treasures in her heart.
Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 28:18-20 are known as “The Great Commission.” Once His formal ministry began, Jesus invited everyone He met into the Kingdom of God. And He asks no less of us. For many, we won’t need a passport to make disciples of all nations. Making disciples in your life can be loving your neighbors next door. Praying over the littles in your home. Caring for an aging parent. Coaching a team. Teaching an English class. God intentionally placed you in the lives of others to draw them to Himself. Making disciples isn’t something we attempt alone. Our discipleship efforts are empowered by His promise He is with us always, “to the end of the age.”
Father, thank You for including me in offering freedom to others! Please help me remember You go before me when I’m inviting others to know You. Keep me firm in the truth that the choice is theirs, all You ask of me is to tell them of Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What other passages of the Bible remind you He’s equipped you to make disciples of all nations?
Someone introduced Jesus to you. Who in your life can you introduce Jesus to?