After being given the command of the mission to make disciples, an overwhelming feeling may arise. To go, reach people for Christ, and help train them in Christ-likeness is a daunting task. There is no way we could possibly do that on our own. Indeed, that is the point! Once Jesus had made His claim and had given the command, He was going to give the disciples words of comfort. He says,
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)
It is essential in our disciple-making that we do not forget this truth. Christ’s presence and power are what enable us to make disciples. He assures us He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But, if He has ascended, how can He be with us always? If God the Son died on the cross, was raised again, and now reigns in heaven making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25), how can He be with us? The answer is through the third Person of the Trinity: the Holy Spirit. If we know the God who has saved us, then we have the Holy Spirit in us and with us (John 14:15-17). If we try to obey the command of the mission by our own self-will and self-power, we will fall short. Jesus even tells us, “for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). We need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. One way to apply this truth is in prayer. When obeying the command to make disciples, go to the Lord in prayer first. Make prayer a priority. When studying the Word of God, study it prayerfully. It also important to remember when evangelizing, part of the disciple-making process, to know your role. You are not in the place to condemn or convict. Ultimately, our role in sharing the Good News is to converse it. God will do a work on that person’s heart and, if it is His will, they will repent and believe. All throughout discipleship, let us keep in mind this comfort. God is with us and He is giving us our strength.
- In what ways is your life missing the reality of living dependent on the Holy Spirit? How can you approach your life this week in dependence on the Holy Spirit?