I'm so excited that #SheReadsTruth has another #SheSharesTruth assignment! This week is about The Great Commission. You might be wondering or questioning what that means, don't worry I was there only a few weeks ago and I'll cover it!
After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Morning, He met His disciples in Galilee. This is His last teaching before His ascended to Heaven to reign:
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."
(Matthew 28:18-20, emphasis mine)
As I was studying this passage this week, not only preparing for this post but also in my BSF class, I was feeling convicted and sad. Most of us know to uphold the 10 Commandments, but do we take this command from Jesus seriously? That's where my conviction came in. Where my sadness came in was a misconception. I thought in order to fulfill this instruction from Jesus, I would need to go to Africa or somewhere far from home. I didn't think that would be realistic for years.
I AM SOOO WRONG!!! Jesus didn't instruct us to go x amount of miles from home and that's where we could make disciples. He doesn't even say you need to go find someone who you don't know. However if He is whispering those commands to your heart, then by all means, uphold them! However I think most of us aren't called to the international mission field. But that doesn't mean we can't make disciples!
Are you a mom teaching your children about Jesus? Do you bring your friends to church or a bible study? Do you tell people about Jesus? Are you open about your faith? All of these are ways to make disciples. We don't have to go far: those you live with you (friends or family), your neighbor, that person in the grocery store or even someone online. This is the most important truth I have learned this week: God has given me people in my life, I just need to trust Him. Let's start small with the people we know, then they will go out to those they know. Soon enough it will be a domino effect!!
So guess who I can make a disciple…my mom. Yep the one person I interact with the most during the day. I have the duty to educate her more about Jesus and obeying His teachings and commands. This is going to be my focus for the next few months. Do you have someone in your life that needs Jesus? I would encourage you to pray about it and educate them about Jesus. But don't be afraid because not only did Jesus give us The Great Commission, but He gave us A Great Promise: He will be with us!!
I pray that you won't be discouraged and overwhelmed with the Great Commission. Remember we have Jesus with us! The Spirit will guide our words and actions. So go, find someone, bring them to church to be baptized, and teach them all about Jesus.
p.s. I'm starting a new series called Twenty-Something. I was inspired after my previous post Twenty-Something and Single. I'll be posting about troubles and truths I've encountered. You don't have to be twenty-something to relate, it's just a catchy title that I like! So be on the look-out and you can subscribe to my blog by email so that you won't miss a post :)