By now, you have probably heard of the Great Commission, whether or not you even knew it was called the Great Commission. After rising from the grave and before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples very specific instructions.
19 Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (emphasis added)
The call to action is evident in the words Jesus chose to use: Go. Make. Baptize. Teach. We may not know how to do any or all of those things, but Jesus also gives us some assurance in verse 20b: “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Along with the promise to go with us (in the form of the Holy Spirit), Jesus is not asking us to do anything that he did not do himself. Our passage for the week outlines the way Jesus lived his life.
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Jesus demonstrated for the disciples (and us) how to live out the Great Commission. It is all written down for us in the Bible. Now, it is our time to live out this commandment. Each of the four elements of the Great Commission—go, make, baptize, teach—will look different for us.
Going into all nations does not necessarily mean participating in an international mission trip. There are lost people at your work, in your neighborhood, at your school, in your family. Ask God to reveal the people he wants you to go to. This is your mission field!
Making disciples may seem scary, especially if we have never done that before. We may not feel equipped or able to make a disciple, but remember, as a follower of Christ, there will always be people who know less than you do. This step begins by becoming a disciple yourself.
Baptizing in Jesus’ name can seem just as daunting, but fortunately for us, CedarCreek provides resources and people to help us make this happen. If you or someone you know wants to be baptized, make sure they get connected to a CedarCreek staff member.
In order to teach Jesus’ commands, we must know them, which begins with studying the Bible. This will help to better equip and prepare you to make disciples and to teach them how to follow those commands. Like I said, there will always be people who are newer to their faith than you are; they may not even know anything about God or the Bible. You will always have something to offer to someone. Remember, you are the worker that Jesus was praying for. You are a minister!
What is a worker? What do they do?
Is God calling you to go somewhere? (Remember, this may not be an international mission. Perhaps, he is asking you to go into your neighborhood to teach his Good News there.)
Ask God to reveal the lost people in your life to whom he has specifically called you to minister. He will bring those people into your life in different ways. When he does, be ready and ask them to share a cup of coffee to listen to their story.
God, thank you for going before me to set the example of how I should live. Give me the courage to go where you send me, the knowledge to make disciples and to teach them to obey your commands, and a heart that breaks for the lost people in my life. Amen.
This post was written by Ryan Cook. Ryan is an executive director for two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Toledo, so if you see him at church and think he looks familiar, that’s where you know him from. He is married with a son and a daughter. Follow him on Twitter @CookfilA.
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