18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]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, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [d]Amen.
When Jesus had completed his mission on earth and it was time for him to ascend back to heaven, he gave his disciples a command which we know as the great commission. The command was for them to go out and make disciples not just in their nation Israel but all nations of the world. How were they to do that? Jesus gave them the formula, they were to share the gospel and when people believed they were to baptize them in the name of the father, son, and the Holy Spirit. From there they were to teach these disciples all that Jesus had taught them, not just as head knowledge but a new way of life meaning they were to observe and walk in obedience to all that they had been taught, and thus the process was to go on. Jesus promised to be with them in this mission.
Sadly in many churches today and in the lives of many believers, the great commission has become the great commission. We are not committed to the great commission as the church in the book of acts was. Some churches go for a whole year without anyone ever getting born again in their midst yet in the book of Acts 2 it says that the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
For the church to be committed to the great commission, you and I have to be committed to the great commission because we are the church. The great commission is not just for those who are in the fivefold ministry but for every individual who is a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We must be deliberate in sharing our faith with others, we must make it our way of life and not an event that we engage in once in a while. The great commission is the mandate that Jesus left with each one who identifies as his disciples. There is no plan B, we must get the job done!
How seriously do you take the great commission, How does it apply to you today?
Have you been taught and discipled and are you discipling or have you ever discipled someone?
What are some of the obstacles you must overcome so as to share your faith more frequently?