Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
(This is part 5 of our multi-part series on The Great Commission)
Over the past few days we have looked at the Great Commission, and discovered that Jesus commands us with all authority, that we are to make disciples by teaching them and baptizing them, and that He will be with us.
And so now we come to the crunch. If we are a disciple of Jesus, we will do all that He commands us, just as we teach others. And what does Jesus command?
There is a time for preparation. There is a time for learning and knowing what to teach, and what you will share with others. There is a time to build up. But all of those times are not eternal – they are for a time and a purpose, and they come to an end. And when they do?
But where will you go?
You could be like Craig, who is going by ministering to the men in his city, men who would raise some eyebrows should they walk into a church today. These men need someone to minister to them, and Craig is in that gap.
You may be like Dave, who with his wife, goes regularly to minister to the lost in Ethiopia out of their own funds. God has given them a passion for the Ethiopian people, and they do all they can to support and minister to them.
Or maybe you will be like Roy, who uses his love of motorcycles as a door to minister to others who also ride, but don’t know about what Jesus has done for us all.
One thing you can be sure, whether you are called around your home or called across the world – God will call. He will prepare you, He will give you the words and He will make the way.
All that is left for you is to obey.