Matthew 28:19, 20
“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.”
The Great Commission. In the Bible (at least in mine) this section of scripture is entitled “The Great Commission.” Essentially it is one of the handful of things found in scripture that is clearly laid out as “God’s Will.” It’s found in the form of Jesus’ command to His followers to go and make disciples.
This is referred to as The Great Commission, because it’s Christ’s commission, or marching orders, for His Church. These marching orders tell us to lead others to the same eternal truths concerning Jesus that we’ve come to know and embrace.
Making disciples is why we’re here on earth instead of in heaven. Think about it. At the time when Jesus gave these “marching orders,” He had already paid the price for all of mankind’s sins on the cross. He had been raised from the dead as living proof that His sin sacrifice was sufficient and that there was indeed life after the grave for those who followed Him.
Everything seemed to have been completed. Nothing stood in the way of the work of restoration between God and man. Where there once was no way, there was now THE WAY. Those first few disciples were thinking, “Great! Now let’s go with You to Your Kingdom” (Acts 1:6).
But the Lord had another plan. As pastor Bob Coy explains is, “[God’s] plan included many more lives being brought into His eternal Kingdom, a plan that would extend 2,000+ years into the future, a plan that includes us today! That’s why we’re here-to carry out God’s plan-and we do that by making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
What is God’s will for your life? A big part of it is to go and make disciples. He wants you to pass along the things you’ve learned from his Word to those who haven’t yet heard them. Whether it’s people who don’t know Jesus at all or people who know less about Him than you do, God’s will is for you to disciple them.
Think about it…