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.”
These words fittingly conclude the Gospel of Matthew.
These words have been referred to as one of the most significant passages in the Bible, perhaps because they were Jesus’ last recorded instructions to His disciples before He ascended into heaven.
The Great Commission is for each and every one of us. It wasn’t just for the twelve disciples, and today it isn’t just for full-time pastors that serve on a church staff or missionaries who live across the world. You can be effective wherever you are and in whatever you do. You have a ministry. Every Christian is appointed to live on mission. As many have stated, it was not titled, “The Great Suggestion.”
These words are more than a proposition—they are a commandment from God.
The Lord wants us to take the gospel to every person throughout the world. He wants us to constantly be making disciples. Matthew recorded Jesus’ teaching on this because He didn’t want us to forget our purpose. He didn’t want us to lose sight of our true calling.
Jesus wants us to live purposely as His people on the earth.
• How does knowing that Jesus is always with you encourage you in sharing the gospel with others?
• How will you help fulfill the Great Commission? How will you act this week?
• Pray: “God, help me to embrace Your command to put my faith into action and go make disciples. Help me to not only tell others about you, but also to show the world who you are.”