I am referring of course to ‘The great commission’ which Jesus gives to His disciples right at the end of His ministry as recorded in Matthew 28 v 18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This is clearly a command to all of us because the act of making a disciple is passing on what you have learned. Jesus’ disciples passed on what they learned from Jesus down to their disciples and so on down to us. If you are a Christian and you are alive today (and I assume you are alive because you are reading this!) then the baton is squarely in your hand.
So what happens now?
I would suggest that firstly we ensure we are following Jesus before we attempt to disciple others, because we can only pass on, what we have learned from Him. Even though you may have been discipled by someone else, what you were taught still needs to fall into line with the word of God. That is why it is a good idea to allow more than one person to speak into your life, none of us are perfect disciplers and of course everything needs to be subject to the Word of God.
In my next post in a couple of days time I will examine 7 factors which will help us to be discipled by Jesus.