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 28:18-20
This is a central verse to the life and mission of the Christian. Jesus proclaims that he, in this moment, has been given all divine authority. Ruling over both the spiritual and physical realms, with this authority he instigates the plan for the expansion of the kingdom of God. Discipleship. But more than that, he highlights that discipleship is an act of finding those who God is calling to follow him, baptizing them and finally teaching them to obey all his commandments. There is a process to discipleship that Jesus calls all his followers to imitate. Find, Baptise, and Teach.
This is challenging, who in my life has God led me to disciple? Have I faithfully spoken with them about the gospel? Have I spoken about baptism? Do we have a relationship where I can teach them what it means to walk in obedience?
Even more important, who is disciplining me? Who am I giving permission to teach me how to follow Jesus?
If these were the final commands of how Jesus wanted his kingdom to grow, then it is no longer a choice. Our response to the reality of the gospel is to live out and carry out the great commision.
Father teach me how to disciple in the way Jesus called us to. Teach me what it means to walk with another and help them to follow you faithfully. Forgive me for the times I get it wrong, and Jesus show me the people you are calling me to walk beside.