Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:19 (The Message)
That’s a pretty large commission isn’t it? With the weight of the importance of this instruction, I wonder how many of us wait until we are “flawless” to move forward in this? It is easy for us to be inner focused where we continually ask ourselves, “Who am I to disciple others?” “What authority do I have to speak into someone’s life?” Yet, I wonder how many of us only remember the first part of Matthew 28:19.
I appreciate the Message version of this word as it continues…”Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” You see, we don’t go into relationships, discipleship, with the arrogance of thinking we know it all or have all the answers or are perfect in any way. But we can enter these relationships with the confidence in the authority we have because God is with us. It is through the building of relationship, really getting to know someone, giving and sharing more of you, and willing to be vulnerable, that discipleship takes place.
Let’s start looking outward. We aren’t here for mere conversion, but to train and disciple in a way of living! And that starts now. I refuse to let life and relationship pass by. Because of the greatness of God and the Spirit in me, I have something to share, to teach, and I’ll continue to learn along the way. But it’s time to give. Let’s stop talking about discipleship, and begin to truly invest in others. Give what you have.
I’m committing to really investing in at least two new relationships to share what I have, to disciple, teach, and learn. How about you?
Let’s be intentional, with our words, our hearts, and our actions…