The Command of the Mission (Matthew 28:18-20)

ww28Last week we looked at Jesus’ claim of His supreme authority over all. We saw that it is His claim for the mission which should actually move us to our calling in the mission. Therefore, this week we will be looking at the command of the mission. Once Jesus had made His claim, He commanded the disciples,

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 (or obey) all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a)

So much could be said about what is taking place here but a few points will have to suffice. It is clear from the text God expects His followers to be disciple-makers. Following Jesus not merely mean going to church on Sundays and giving some of your finances. Following Jesus means pursuing and living a holy life in the context of community. Discipleship is doing life-on-life with the body of Christ. God has not saved us so that we could sit back and not do anything but He has saved us for His glory and that includes making disciples. To be indifferent or unconcerned with being and making disciples is to not take seriously the Word of God. To take God seriously is to obey His command to make disciples. But, what does making disciples involve? It involves going, baptizing, and teaching. Going means we do not passively sit by and wait to reach others with the gospel, hoping they come to our church one Sunday. We need to be going to them. Baptizing means to be publicly identified with the body of Christ through the practice of baptism. Teaching means training these disciples to be Christ-like. Notice, in this teaching aspect, it is not simply information to be transferred. It is to be observed and obeyed, leading to life and heart change. That is what the Word of God does. It is about knowing and showing the Word. That is our calling in the command of the mission.

Reflection Time:

  • Are you indifferent or unconcerned with making disciples and investing your life into others and not just focusing on yourself? Pray that God would change your heart and actively seek someone to disciple and someone who can disciple you.
  • How can you, as a disciple-maker, teach others the Word of God in your specific context?
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