2/7/19

Good morning!
Text:  Matthew 28 (Exodus 5-6)
Maybe you have heard this one – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.= B.I.B.L.E.  Jesus’ final words to His disciples before He ascended into heaven form the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel.  These words of final instruction give us our essential assignment as His Body, the Church:

“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…”    (Matthew 28:19-20)

The action verb, the basic commandment, is to “make disciples.”  A disciple is a committed follower, a willing student, one who has surrendered his or her life fully to Jesus.  Jesus gives us a two part tasking for the Church.  The first task is to proclaim Jesus that others might become disciples. Their commitment is symbolized by their baptism.  The second task is to teach/learn obedience to Jesus.  Simply, we are to do both – reach people for Jesus that they might choose to follow Him, and then to teach them what that looks like.  We do quite a lot of things as a church.  It is good to be reminded of the main thing.

Have you fully committed to reaching people for Jesus?  Are you learning/teaching obedience to Jesus?

in Him, Mike