I had a great chat last evening with a new convert I’ve been trying to disciple. He and I have been reading the same book of Scripture together and have started to meet weekly. I have been thinking about that whole process and what Jesus commanded us as disciples, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the age, Amen.” (Mt.28:19,20). We call it the “Great Commission”. The Duke of Wellington dubbed these verses the “marching orders for the church of Jesus Christ” !
These then are YOUR orders from your Commander-in-Chief ! They say, by the Greek grammar, that God assumes you are going to make disciples: Literally it’s “Therefore as you are going. . . ” make disciples or as the KJV has it “teach all nations”. The impetus to go will grow as you grow in Him, just as when you are in love with another person you can’t help but think, talk about and want to please that person. So are you desirous to go, really?? And as you get opportunities to then make a disciple, this process perpetuates through you, through them and in time through others later ! But in the meantime what I find is it keeps me fresh spiritually ! To be able to truly teach well a new convert, I must have my nose in the Book too, I must be right with Him as well, I must be enthused about the things of Christ and when I see a babe in Christ growing, reading, obeying and as he told me last evening “I want to come to church now !” it encourages me as well !! Need some freshening up in your Christian life? Be a discipler !!
Years ago I recall my pastor preaching those verses and he said something staggering that has stayed with me still. He said if we discipled one person per month and they in turn engaged in the same process the next month that in about eleven years, the world would be saved, baptized and serving the Lord in their church too ! Yet we have been at this over 2,000 years and the world is still very lost !! There are churches in America today that are called “mega churches” which have been built on the shaky foundations of “come, have it your way” and so worldly means of growth, yet Christ’s strategy starts slow but builds exponentially and solidly !!
Get in the game, take those orders seriously and watch what it does for people, your church, you !!! It really is a GREAT Commission !!!!!!