This is the sixth 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.”
Jesus commands His followers to go and make disciples of all nations. We are to be intentional in our going. We go everywhere, and we go with the specific purpose of inviting others to truly live. Jesus defined eternal life in John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” This is what true life is all about, knowing God.
Once a person has come to know God, the next step is baptism. Baptism is an act of setting someone apart from their old identity and publicly declaring their new identity with Christ. Teaching follows baptism. We are to teach new believers how a Christian is to live. Specifically we are to teach them to obey the command of Christ.
This thinking is not popular nowadays. Too many people want to limit the work of God to saving them from the consequences of their sin, but they are not interested in being saved from the practice of their sin. Some are even greatly offended by the notion they should reject their old nature and live in obedience to Christ. The saying, I’m okay and you’re okay, is not okay. We are to be transformed into a new way of living. This is the process of sanctification, and it requires a daily commitment.
Dear Christian, there is no call for us to live two lives. Let us maintain teachable hearts. Let us be taught to live for Christ, and then let us teach others to do the same.
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.