Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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.” – Matthew 28:16-20 (NLT)
Even though there are four verbs in the Great Commission, the imperative (or the main verb) is “make”. The rest of the verbs “go,” “baptize,” and “teach” are verbs that describe how Jesus expects his followers to obey the imperative. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today, what better way to worship him than to do what he asks us to do – make disciples. If you are struggling with a desire to step out and make disciples, remind yourself of what Jesus has done for you and why following him is completely worth it.
How can you make disciples of Jesus in your context and with your gifts? Who in your life do you need to enter into spiritual conversations with? What does making disciples look like in church and how can you partner with the congregation to obey Jesus’ command?