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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Go Make Disciples (Matthew 28)

When Jesus said, "Go and make disciples," do you think He was talking to us or just to his original 12 disciples? If not just the original 12, then who? If the original 12 were faithful in making disciples, wouldn't the new disciples need to go and make disciples too?

Until 2015, every time I read Jesus' command to "go and make disciples," I thought my part was just to invite people to church so they could hear the pastor's message, hear him share the gospel, and then hopefully choose to believe.

Of course inviting people to church is a good thing. This may be exactly how someone hears God's message of salvation and chooses to believe in it and follow Jesus.

But what Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 means so much more than I understood for many years:

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

First, Jesus said He has all authority, therefore go. "Go" is not a suggestion. It's a command meaning as you are going, make disciples. As you are living out your day to day life, wherever that is, look for every opportunity to make disciples.

Next, Jesus says "make disciples of all nations." In other words, not just your friends, neighbors, and the people who look like you, act like you, and have the same interests as you. We are to make disciples of people of all walks of life, all nations.

Then He says the first step you do with someone who has decided to trust in Jesus and wants to follow Him is baptize them. We are to baptize new disciples of Jesus. We don't wait until they start studying the Bible and learn everything there is to learn. We start with baptizing those who want to follow Jesus. We baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Then as we start discipling them, Jesus said, "teach them to obey everything I have commanded you." That means what we are to teach them is the Bible, the Word of God.

As we do these things, Jesus promises to be with us, using the seeds we plant to grow the kingdom of heaven. But we need to be keeping our mission and message in the forefront of our mind each day. We need to be praying for opportunities to share Jesus' message of love and redemption with a world who desperately needs Him, while there is still time.

Thank you Lord for giving me a ministry to share your message of salvation and Your Word every day that you give me breath, until there is #noplaceleft. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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