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Devotional – March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Read : Matthew 28:16-20

Thoughts from: Chris Ghubril

Here we find the job description for every follower of Jesus. Go. Make. Baptize. Teach. And the very presence of God will be with us as we help fulfill the great commission. I heard it taught once that the verb tense that is translated as “Go” could be more understood as “As you are going”. Jesus presupposes His followers to already be mobile. As we are mobile we make disciples of Jesus. Humans are constantly going and discipling. We are always talking about the things and people we like and that impact us. I know I often talk about UofA basketball. I even dream of my daughter’s first words to be “Bear Down”. We may be making disciples of our favorite phone manufacturer, car model, sports team, or TV series on Netflix. We talk about these things all the time and make disciples of them. Here Jesus is explicitly calling us to make disciples of Him.

I wonder what it would look like if we took the same passion of discipleship we have for our favorite Netflix shows and used it to tell the world about the One who is Lord of everything, including Netflix.

Jesus gathers the 11 disciples and gives this command and Matthew notes that some who were there doubted Him. But Jesus doesn’t deal with their doubt. He gives this command to all present: believers and doubters. Jesus shows us that the great commission isn’t just for those that are 100% “sold out” for Him. Rather it is for every human being that decides to follow Jesus. These present doubters didn’t have to go to the mountain but chose to be obedient by faith. Jesus gives them the same command and the same promise of His presence as we go, make, baptize, and teach.

Northwest, let us be known for our obedience to follow our Lord’s command. Let us go and make disciples of all nations and teach them all that Jesus has commanded. Let us go in faith, believing His promise that Jesus will be with us to the very end of the age.

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