Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing 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. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NLT
In addition to being Jesus’ final teachings before the ascension, they also give the blue print to walk a victorious life in Christ and the keys to discovering our individual calling. As “The Church” this is our Great Commission, a command really. For years I kinda felt like this was a good plan and needed to be done, but it wasn’t my thing. I wasn’t sure what my thing was, but it surly wasn’t Evangelism or Discipleship or this Great Commission, after all, isn’t that what the Pastor is for.
It wasn’t long before the Holy Sprit started changing my view. As someone who wanted to know more about the Bible and Jesus and God, I began to ask, what is my thing? What is the calling God has on my life? And to be honest, each step of faith leads to more unknown! But one thing I am sure of is this, the Great Commission and all of the commands Jesus made were directed specifically at me, and you and He’s still waiting for us to get it done. If the desire of my heart is to grow and learn and walk in the specific call God has for me, the best place to start is by fulfilling the commands, evangelizing and discipling are two of them. When I say yes to these the commands, the Holy Spirit adds to me, the grace and power to do it and insight in my ultimate call. When I say no, the grace and power is invested elsewhere and the path of my call is not revealed. Not that I’m out of God’s grace if I say no, but the new and fresh infilling to do His command is withheld. That’s the difference between walking in victory and walking in unfulfilled expectation. Go, be, and do and God’s grace will fill you anew. Stay, wait and see, and miss what you’re called to be.