RE-READ MATTHEW 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These were Jesus’ final instructions to the eleven men who followed him during the three years of his ministry. Shortly after Jesus spoke these words, he was taken up into Heaven, leaving his followers to carry out the mission of telling the world what he was all about. As we talked about last week, the word “go” is a command and a participle. It’s something we are instructed to do. It’s not a one time thing; it’s ongoing. In other words, these words weren’t only for Jesus’ disciples, they are for all of us who follow him.
Many of us “know” what Jesus has asked of us, but it is very easy to “know” and not “go.” What we often forget is that it is his job to transform the lives of people, not ours. Our job is to invite, or as we talked about this weekend, to pray for, invest in, and invite. Who invited you into a relationship with Jesus? How did they do that? Looking back on your journey so far, who have you invited? How did this weekend’s sermon change the way you think about “going?”
As you begin to pray for your two for ten this week, ask God to bring about transformation in their lives and to give you courage to invest and invite them.