Week 34 August 19 -
What We Should Know When Jesus Says “Go”
In the final moments before His return to heaven, Jesus charged His followers with a vital task to continue building His heavenly kingdom here on earth.
Known as “The Great Commission,” Christ made His instructions crystal clear in Matthew 28:19-
Therefore, if Christ’s final words should be our first priority, there are several things we should know when Jesus says “go.”
First, when Jesus says “go” He expects us to make Christian disciples.
A disciple by definition is someone who follows their leader’s steps and also emulates their leader’s actions. Jesus is not interested in believers who simply acknowledge His identity and power in theory, but instead He desires to make disciples who put that theory into practice. We are called to be His hands and feet as we spread the good news of salvation and minister to the world through both word and deed.
Our job is to be a true disciple of our Lord, and we do that best by making disciples of others along the way.
The second thing we should know when Jesus says “go” is that He wants us to take the gospel message to all nations.
Although Christ first broke into humanity through Israel, His ultimate plan was for all nations of the earth to be blessed through His people. This idea of “nations” is not referring to geo-
This is why when our Lord commands us to go to all nations, we need to go now and go quickly.
Thirdly, when Jesus says “go” He calls us to baptize in His name and teach His commands to new believers.
Simply put, if someone is going to be a disciple of Christ, they need to publically profess His Lordship and join a local congregation of believers. Once they are members of His body, they also need to be taught His commands so they can live in obedience to His Word and become progressively conformed to His image.
The final thing we should know when Jesus says “go” is that we are not going alone because He promises to always be with us.
We should never forget although we have a Great Commission, we also have a greater promise: Christ’s presence. There is no area we are called to go where He will not go with us, and no task we are called to complete where He will not empower us. It is Christ who is building His church, and Christ who will one day return to announce His work is finished and consummate an eternal kingdom.
We must remember as we seek to go and complete the terms of our commission, we are called merely to be faithful and to trust in the Lord’s abundant grace. It is only when we learn to abide in Him that our commission will be fulfilled and He will be glorified through us.
What We Should Know When Jesus Says “Go”
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