73/365 days of blogging.
Well since I don’t remember reading in the Bible any specific names…just the word go.
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”
So lets break this down into three simple tasks.
1. Go. appears in the Bible 1492 times. Now I understand it is used in different contexts as far as what we are to go do and where we are going. But if God mentioned it that many times in His word it is a pretty important one.
In regards to the Great Commission, it is not a suggestion, or something we are asked to do. It is a rock solid commandment. These are the last words that Jesus spoke to His disciples. When someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. If you ever been at a loved ones bedside, the last thing they say to you sticks in your minds forever. Granted the disciples didn’t know that Jesus would face the death he faced, but they were very intent on listening to what He had to say. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction: They were under His authority; and they were to make more disciples; they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ.
Like the disciples, we are to GO — whether it is next door or to another country, and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus their Lord. We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the Great Commission. As we obey we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.
2. Baptizing. The disciples were to baptize people because baptism unites a believer with Jesus in his or her death to sin and resurrection to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness to live God’s way, and identification with God’s covenant people.
How can we baptize people you ask? Well it is as simple as doing it. Jesus didn’t say get an ordained minister to baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. He said “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
3. Teaching. We are to teach those who have been led to Christ, and who have been baptized about how to live a Christian life. We have to teach them how to evangelize others and tell them about what God has done in their life. Lets say there are 100 people in the world. If those 100 people fulfill the great commission, and eventually, as all living things do, those 100 people die off, and never taught the people that they led to Christ how to do the same thing, who is going to be the ones to make disciples? Again, this is not a suggestion it is part of a commandment that Jesus gives. Sort of His last will and testament. This is what he left us with before ascending into Heaven to sit at the Fathers side waiting for His word to return and take us all home to live for eternity.
Just as the entire bible was written to and for ALL men, It IS for you. Each and every one of us has a responsiblity to our creator to tell others about Him and about the saving grace He offers through the death of His son Jesus on the cross at Calvary. If it were not for that day in history, we would all be condemned to a life of eternity in hell.
Whom will you serve? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, and that includes teaching others about Him.