go and make disciples…

Disciples

The Great Commission has been on my heart and mind for a couple of weeks now.  It’s such a simple command and promise…

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We all know these verses so well!  Some of us have even memorized them and “hidden them in our heart.”  The problem is that these words are so well hidden, I think some of us have forgotten to actually obey them!  Hear me out, I have found myself looking for ways around this command instead of looking for ways to obey this command.  Maybe you’re in the same spot as me.  If that’s you, what are we going to do?

Last night I was at our monthly college-age worship night.  Pastor Eric was preaching on the Great Commission and let me tell you, God spoke mightily to everyone in attendance.  As Eric spoke on our need to “go to the nations,” these were his words…

“Just like we should never be satisfied with a little bit of Jesus, the nations will not be satisfied with a little bit of Jesus.”

Let that sink in.  We should never be satisfied with a little bit of Jesus.  But how many of us are?  How many mornings do I wake up and get into a little bit of the Word.  How many nights do I go to bed with a just a little bit of prayer?  How long will the Western church (myself included) be satisfied with a little bit of Jesus?  Let us awake from this slumber and be satisfied by the well that won’t run dry,  the Son of Man, Jesus himself.

Maybe you already know the statistics.  Maybe you already know the fact that there are 2.9 billion people on this planet that have literally NO ACCESS to the Gospel of Christ.  These people do not need a little bit of Jesus.  These people need Jesus in all of his glory, who was the perfect and spotless lamb, who died for our sins.  They will not hear about freedom from sin, they will not be reached with the truth of Jesus, they will never know, unless we go.

Today my prayer is this… “God, give us tears for our sins.  Forgive us for being so shallow in prayer, so thin in our grasp of holy [truths], so content amid perishing neighbors, so empty of passion and earnestness in all our conversation.” And let us go, and make disciples, of all nations. AMEN

In Christ,
Michael

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