Scripture: Matthew 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Observation: Jesus had said many times that he would die, but would be raised up to life. It’s obvious his disciples didn’t think that would really happen – but then it did. In this passage, after his resurrection from the dead, Jesus is giving them marching orders. Just as Jesus had taught them to be his disciples, they were to do the same with others.
Application: Here’s what we know. Learning to be a Christian is more “caught than taught”. In other words, it’s more about grasping a lifestyle than committing information to memory. Information is important, but it does not transform lives from the inside out. Relationships do that. We learn to grow in our faith by spending time with those further ahead in their faith journey. This leads me to a couple of key questions for today:
- Who is modeling for you what life as a Christian disciple looks like?
- Who is imitating your life, whether you want them to or not?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you commanded us to grow as Christian disciples – and to reproduce. This is a simple idea, but not an easy one. Give us grace to connect with a small group of fellow believers who can show us by example what life in Christ looks like. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.