Matthew 18:18-20 – “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 obey everything that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus handed this mission off to us and trusted that we would fulfill it. But when is the last time that you made a disciple? When is the last time you even tried? For me, I struggle to find an answer. “Well….I kind….of….made disciples in high school…..5 years ago…” Or, “I tried inviting people to church…..once…”. Can you relate?
Can’t you see the tragedy of this? We have become hearers of the Word, rather than doers. James 1:22 says we are deceiving ourselves if we don’t put into practice what we learn. Don’t get me wrong. I am great at going to church, sitting in the congregation, listening to someone preach at me and then going on with my week like normal. Tragically, I believe that’s what our mission has become.
Evangelism is a dreaded topic amongst the church. We expect that once we go to a few membership classes, go to church and maybe even going on a missions trip, then we can cross the Great Commission off of our to do list. We expect disciple making to be our pastor’s job. After all, he is the one in the paid position, isn’t he? But biblically speaking, your pastor is more of the equipper. Every member of the church body is called to be a “minister”. That means you and me, going out and making disciples.
“This is the grand purpose for which we were created: to enjoy the grace of Christ as we spread the gospel of Christ from wherever we live to the ends of the earth.” Multiply by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving.
Jesus commands us to start looking at the relationships and people around us and start making disciples out of them. You were not placed where you are by accident, you haven’t met the people you have by accident. God has placed you there for a reason. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.