Read: Matthew 28:16-20
The Great Commission is what we call it. It is the clarion call to action –the profoundly clear and exceedingly simple-to-understand battle plan Jesus gave His followers and His church. Make disciples. That’s it. The passage does go on to tell us “who”and “how”but the “what”is as plain as the nose on our faces. Make disciples. This short message from Jesus served to bring everything into focus for His followers.
Their journey since the crucifixion had led them to believe Jesus had, indeed, risen from the dead. They had come to believe that He was the Messiah spoken of by the prophets of old. They understood that they had responsibilities to care for one another (“feed my sheep”) but they had not yet taken hold of their role in Jesus’ redemption story.
To be sure, the story of redemption is Jesus’ story. It is through His sacrifice that our sins have been forgiven. It is because of His resurrection that believers will dwell with Him eternally. I don’t save. You don’t save. Jesus saves! Period –but not the end of the story. You see, we have a role in the redemption story. Our role is not that of redeemer; it is the role of disciple maker.
As you read the passage, consider:
- “Make disciples”is an imperative in the text as opposed to a suggestion. What are the implications of that in your life?
- Making disciples presupposes a person’s belief in Jesus. What does this mean regarding our responsibility to tell others about Jesus?
- You can’t make disciples unless you are a disciple. Do an honest self-evaluation.
- Are you a follower of Jesus? If not, are you ready to believe?
- If you are a follower of Jesus, are you growing in your knowledge of and obedience to His teachings?
- Can you identify specific things you need to work on?