“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Great Commission
(Please read Matthew 28:19-20)
Although delivered to the eleven, the Great Commission applies to later disciples as well, “to the very end of the age” (NIV). So we should look at it not just as a historical fact but as a directive to us from the one who has all authority “in heaven and on earth.”
We are commanded to “make disciples of all nations.” We cannot do this unless we are truly disciples ourselves, living lives devoted to Christ. We must tell others about him – his birth, his life and teaching, his miracles and promises, his death and resurrection. It is not our mission to attract a following for some man or political party or regime, but to bring people to Christ.
The commission requires us to baptize them. Many folks play down this aspect of the commission, but Jesus commanded it and made it the act where converts leave their former lives and become his people.
At this point we cannot abandon these “babes in Christ.” They must be taught biblical requirements for living their new lives as disciples. This part of the commission is as important as any other.
Our field of operations is to be “all nations.” There’s a whole world of people who are just as dear to the Lord as we are and who need to know him. People generally don’t want to leave the comfortable and familiar, but some must go to strange lands with unfamiliar languages and proclaim the good news of salvation in Christ. The gospel is a treasure in our hands, and woe to us if we do not share it with others.