Bible Reading: Matthew 28.16-20
I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. Jerry
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 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.” Matthew 28.16-20
The first time I remember hearing this passage taught in a way that it hit me over the head was when I was a college student sitting under the teaching of Gregg Matte and he began with reading Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You Will Go.” I love that book and love these verses.
What landed for me on this night when I heard these verses in such a meaningful way was that if I claimed Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life then He has authority over my life and therefore these words give me a mission and a purpose to which all who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior should be obeying and living out daily. I realized for the first time that night that this call was for me to go and make disciples. It wasn’t just for pastors or missionaries in Africa.
As we are going, wherever we are, whatever we are doing and whatever stage of life we are in we, as disciples are to be disciple-makers. I will never forget something said that night by Gregg Matte. He said, “if there is no ‘go’ there will be no ‘lo’.” The promise of God specifically here is to the disciple-maker and that God’s presence will be with him or her as they live out God’s purpose. Take that step this New Year and make disciples and God will be with you.