May 16, 2015
READ: Matthew 28:16-20
Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you (vv.19-20).
In the 1800s British missionary Hudson Taylor sensed God’s call to reach the people of China with the good news. During decades of ministry, more than 800 missionaries were established and 125,000 Chinese became believers in Jesus. Taylor once said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”
As we look into Jesus’ words, we find a loving Saviour calling us to a mission flowing from His very heart. Our Great Saviour has invited us to reach others for Him.
But before He told us what He wanted us to do, Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). As we prepare to tell others about Jesus, it’s greatly encouraging to know that He possesses absolute authority!
Jesus then said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you” (vv.19-20). Hudson Taylor understood what Jesus meant by “go”. He knew that the Saviour was saying, While you’re going about your life, while you’re going into your community, tell people about Me! Bring them into God’s family, and teach them to obey God’s Word.
Earlier in Matthew, Jesus had assured us of His presence when we worship Him (18:20). Now He assures us of His presence when we witness for Him. As we reveal His love, grace and truth to others, we can rest in His power and presence. For Jesus says, “I am with you always” (28:20). What great comfort this brings as we strive to boldly share our faith with others.
365-day-plan: Psalm 103:1-22
Read Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-48, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8 to read more about the great assignment Jesus has for us!
Is there someone in your workplace, community or school who you can share the good news with this week? How has God equipped you to carry out His mission?