The Disciples: Us

Well, we have talked about all the other disciples or at least those known to us in the gospels but there have been many other disciples and you, and I, are among them if we have decided to follow Jesus and have taken up His call in the Great Commission.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 28:16-20 (NIV)

The Great Commission is Jesus’ command to take the gospel to every person throughout the world and to make disciples in all nations. It involves building and multiplying disciples in all nations so that they can, in turn, saturate their nations with the Good News and train other disciples to do the same generation after generation through the process of spiritual multiplication. Christ has called us to evangelise and disciple others. Our responsibility is to preach and teach Christ’s dynamic gospel; it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to make our witness effective. With the responsibility, however, Christ also gave us everything necessary for success. How are you going in the Disciple-making department? How are we going as a church? At our district ZOOM conference on Saturday, the speaker said if we are not making disciples and training them to make disciples, then we are missing the point. The Great Commission is not an optional extra it is a command and if the disciples had have failed to take it up, despite some of them even doubting they could or that Jesus’ plan would even work we may not even know about Jesus. Who is missing out on hearing about Jesus because you are not taking this command seriously? Are our ministries and programs just noisy sounding gongs if they are not seeking to disciple? I think we need to place a discipleship-making layer over all our ministries to ensure this is always an important component of their DNA.

As Jesus disciples, we have been mentioned in the gospel of John by Jesus Himself and He has even prayed for us.

I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. 21 I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 22 I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one: 23 I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me. – John 17:20-23 (GNT)

It just blows me away to think that Jesus took the time to pray for you and me only a few hours before He went to Gethsemane, where he was betrayed, arrested and abandoned. He went through His greatest ministry death on the cross alone but the greatest ministry He calls us to, He promises to be with us always to the very end of the age. Hallelujah!!

 

PRAYER: Lord God, thank you that not only did you commission the original disciples but you have also commissioned us and prayed for us. Lord, help us to take seriously your call to go and make disciples. May we make the most of the opportunities that come our way and be faithful to your call. In Jesus Name, Amen.

(Written by Ange van der Leeuw)

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