16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.
17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The world needs to know who Jesus really is and what the benefits are of putting faith in Him.
Jesus gave us—His church—the responsibility to make those truths known. God could have chosen to work in the world independent of His people, yet He chose to engage us in accomplishing His will. As the church, we represent God to people who need to know and understand Him. The potential impact of obedience to that calling is world-changing.
In this familiar passage, known as the Great Commission, Jesus first reminds us that everything He commands us to do is through the authority He was given from God the Father.
God doesn’t make promises He won’t keep and doesn’t give commands we can’t obey. If He tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, then it must be possible to reach the world by obeying His commands.
The Great Commission reminds us that we truly can take the gospel to the nations. But to have that worldwide impact, we must first acknowledge that the world needs to know who Jesus is and commit to telling them.
If we do this, not only will our personal faith grow, but the Christian faith will expand around the world.
- Why is it important for every believer to get involved in the Great Commission? What happens when you don’t own your part of the effort?
- How does Jesus’ promise of His presence (v. 20) influence our attitude in making disciples?
- Pray for a willing spirit to obey the command of the Great Commission. Ask for the faith to trust that God will be faithful to do His work through our obedience. Ask the Father to help you recognize the specific areas of influence He has given you, for His purposes.