This is the seventh article of an eight-part series on the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We are commanded by Jesus to make disciples. It naturally follows that we are also to be discipled. This is the plan for changing the world. Yet discipleship often alludes us. Some of us are too busy. We are entangled with the affairs of the world, and we have said yes to so many good things that we are no longer available to doing the one thing we were commanded.
Some might make themselves available if only they believed it were possible. “How could Jesus actually use me?” they wonder. These people fail to make disciples because they lack faith God is able and willing to use them.
Still others fail, because they are led to believe there must be an intricate process of disciple-making that must first be understood. They spend more time talking about making disciples than actually doing it. There are countless books and seminars to feed the compulsion to overthink the Great Commission. I am certain these are all well-meaning, but I doubt disciple-making must be this complicated.
Jesus made it simple for us. He directs us to teach others to observe what He commanded. He taught His original disciples how to think, speak, and live, and then He told them to teach others to do the same. That’s discipleship. We are to obey Jesus and then teach others to obey Jesus. There really is no need for another book on the subject. The Bible is sufficient.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God can and will use you to change the world. Let us be a people who immerse ourselves in the Bible in order to better obey Jesus, and let us sincerely seek to teach others to also obey Him. And let it all be done in humility and love.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 – But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.