Famous Last Words
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.
We have all encountered a separation of some sort. When we think about people on their death beds, their parting words are something that we cherish and hide in our hearts. Here in Matthew 28 we can experience the scene in Gaililee that Jesus shared with His disciples. As He knew he was about to ascend into heaven, he left them, and us the most famous parting words in history. The question is, do we hide these words in our hearts? Are we faithful to the last commands that Jesus gave?
Disciple making is something that isn’t an option as a Christian, it is a command. When Jesus says to make disciples of all nations, He means using our specific gifts to bring the truth of the Gospel to our neighbors. Some, yes are called to missions in third world countries, but some of us are called to be disciple makers in our own towns. To assume that everyone in your circle has heard the gospel is a terrifying conclusion, and the things we are seeing in our country a result of “letting someone more qualified” do the work for us.
Evangelism and disciple making can be scary. What we can rest in, however is the words that Jesus gives us in verse 20. Jesus tells us He is with us, until the end of age. He doesn’t come and go, He empowers us and enables us.
It is up to us to start with our households, our neighborhoods, and our workplace making disciples. As the saying goes “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Obedience is not an option. Educate yourselves with sound doctrine, stay in the word, and walk by the spirit. Pray for opportunities to share. It starts with us sisters, let’s go be disciple makers.
Jesus I thank you for loving me enough to die on the cross for me, a sinner. Give me a holy awareness, enable me to share the Gospel for the glory of God and to be faithful and obedient. Help me to see opportunities around me to fulfill your great commission. I love you Lord, in Your name I pray, Amen.
Spend some time in prayer this week, asking God to prepare you to share the Gospel when the opportunity arises. Do you know of anyone God may be calling you to mentor? How can we be effective disciple makers in our environments around us?