Living the Great Commission — Matthew 28:19-20
19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” — Hudson Taylor
When we read in God’s Word that Jesus is telling us to “make disciples”, we need to seriously think about this, and then as Christians we need to follow through and act on it. “Making Disciples”, I believe, is more than sharing the Gospel of Jesus and leaving people on their own to decide what the next step is. “Making Disciples” is a process of guiding people through the truth of who Jesus is, what He has done, and how we are to live our lives in obedience to Him.
When a person is at the place where they are making a decision to repent of their sins, and turn their lives over to Jesus Christ, they need guidance in each step along the way. It is similar to starting a new career, a person is not introduced to the name of the company, and the CEO, and then given the manual and expected to know all things about the company and know everything about the decisions that need to be made. New Christians need to be walked with, guided, mentored, and have things explained to them about things in daily life. When leading a new Christian along this new road of life, patience and understanding needs to be shown through words and actions.
Once a person has made the decision to ask Jesus into their lives, and forgive their sins, the next step of obedience is to introduce them to water baptism, and the significance of baptism in that we are following the example and the leading of Jesus.
Next in the life of a new believer, and for the person who is walking along this road with them, is to learn the teaching of Jesus, and to live in obedience to His teaching. There are many changes to be made in a person’s life when that person has decided to live for Jesus, so we need to walk along and in obedience, teach the new believer the things that Jesus taught.
There are many teachings of Jesus, but I will only list a few of them in this brief “THOT”.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
In all we do, our life is to radiate the Light of Jesus, so our Heavenly Father will receive glory.
Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
All the struggles we carry are to be given to Jesus, and we can rest in Him.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. (Mark 11:22)
Faith needs to be placed in God at all times, and not in ourselves or what we can do.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
We need to pray about all things, and believe that Jesus will hear and answer our prayers, as He said he will.
To know the complete teachings of Jesus, we need also to guide new believers into spending time reading God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
As we move on in obeying this Great Commission of Jesus, we are also to be an encouragement to one another and pray for one another.