We know it’s important for the church to be about the business of making disciples, but do you know why that task is so important? The answer is three-fold: Jesus commanded it (Matt. 28:19-20); it is Jesus’ expectation—He left no Plan B (Acts 1:8); and Jesus modeled it for us (John 17:4). Jesus began this address—often referred to as the Great Commission—by talking about His authority. In light of this authority, He gave commands for the disciples then and for us now. He told the disciples to “go,” “make disciples,” “baptizing them,” and “teaching them” to obey His commands. All of this was so that they would go and reach people with the good news about Christ. The central command was to “make disciples.” If we truly want to live in obedience to the Great Commission, then it impacts all of our friendships, the way we interact with our neighbors and other people we come into contact with every day, how we parent, and so on. In light of Jesus’ command, all of our interactions become about showing Jesus to others and drawing them to Him. What is God teaching you this week about your involvement in disciple making?

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen