Matthew 28: 16-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”
At the end of the gospel of Matthew Jesus has a simple, yet complex command for his disciples. He tells them to go. And he tells us we must go as well. This is a necessity for all people who follow Christ. We are not meant to merely receive grace, mercy, compassion, and knowledge from Scripture. We are also meant to go out and spread these things to those around us.
Not everyone is called to go a great distance. Some are called to stay in the very place where they have been raised, while others may be called to go into rural villages across the globe to serve. Both are important and necessary. You can be a disciple-maker wherever you end up. And you should be.
Jesus not only says go, but he also tells us to make disciples. This means we must make sacrifices, committing our time and resources to reach out to others, building them up in Christ so that they may also go out one day and make their own disciples. Making disciples takes patience and persistence, and not everyone will do what you expect. Listen and be compassionate. Continue to seek guidance and make sure you are still being poured into. And most importantly, do all for the glory of God.
Finally, Jesus encourages his disciples that he will be with them wherever they go. He is not far off in outer space. The Kingdom of God is near. God is present. The Spirit is moving among us. Sometimes as Christians in the USA we forget about this and get caught believing in a God based on popular culture. Know that God cares and that he is with you, always. Let him bless you and transform you. Be still, silent, and listen to him. Listen and obey. Go and do.
Read and pray through this final section of Matthew a couple more times.
What does it look like for you to “go” now?
How can you make disciples now?
What does it mean to baptize them?
What must you do to effectively pour into others?
Who is pouring into you? (If no one, I highly encourage you seek a mentor.)
Let the Spirit fill you. Allow it to dominate, saturate, motivate, and activate you. Live each day for God’s glory. And remember that God is not far off, but rather, he is with you every step of the way.