Go, going, gone?

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV).

 

Jesus’s final words to his disciples before ascending into Heaven are recorded for us at the end of Matthew’s gospel.  These instructions are often referred to as “The Great Commission” and lay out the work that Jesus left for his followers, back then and today, until his return. Reading these instructions in our modern English, it seems that there is an emphasis on the word “go.” We must remember, however, that the Bible wasn’t written originally in English, it was written in Greek.The construction of the passage in its original language can help us better understand what was being said. Without getting into a lesson on biblical Greek it is enough to know that the imperative (or command) in the Great Commission is “make disciples.”One could read the sentence as, “Make disciples as you go…” The Great Commission assumes that Jesus’s disciples will go about their lives, going to work, going to school, going to cookouts with their neighbors, etc. and instructs them (and us) to be about the business of making disciples as we are going. Just as the grace of God touches every part of our daily lives, so should the Great Commission (Pastor Henry Criss 2017, Week 4-Day & Of Prayer Journal).

Note that the verse does not denote nor connote gone.  The going is a life long pursuit for we will not reach every human being on planet earth before Christ returns – Revelations demonstrates that.

The “going” part of this commandment has been the most contentious command within the gospels. I have seen people become belligerent when as if they are going. I have seen people become abusive when asked if they will share while they are going about life.

I have seen people just refuse to talk or even think about sharing the most precious gift that they have ever received in their lives, as they are going about life, playing games in social media, and chatting with total strangers in social media.  We will talk about anything but Jesus and His shed blood for us.  I was not sure why that would be until I was reminded what true discipleship looks like in a Christian’s life. Listen to this sermon I hope that it will have the same impact on your life that it did on mine.  It reminded me that we cannot expect children [a Christian who is still a baby Christian] to do the same things that a parent [A Christian who is at the parent level in their walks with Christ] can and will do! As you listen to the sermon think about where you are in the cycle of a Christian’s life and pray for the Lord to reveal to you how you can grow from one stage to another. Then pray for Him to send someone who is will to “disciple” you so you can grow from one stage to another.

 

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  1. Bueller
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 09:07:47

    Sounds mighty familiar!! Wording is different but it sounds like the sermon I listened to yesterday. Was an awesome sermon and very appropriate with how people look at speaking about Jesus today. Too many hide the fact they are supposed to be Christians, it’s not something everyone who believes in Jesus but never speaks of Him because it isn’t what “everyone else is doing”. Got to keep up with those who you admire!

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    • Joyce Gerald
      Feb 13, 2017 @ 12:03:14

      Those, words were in the devotional for the last day of our prayer Journal written by my Pastor. The going, going, and [gone] my words reminded me of persons who just were not ready to share their faith with others. Folks who would rather just play a game. Have a position, but never admit that they are Christians to unchurched people or plain out and out refuse to share their story of how Christ has changed their lives with unsaved Christians. We are not just called to “sharped” each other – Christians that is – but our great commission is to share the Gospel with the unsaved world! For the last 4 weeks I have done my prayer journal and posted the not too personal parts of it online so we can a ll see that there is no person who is perfect. God sees our imperfections. But if we only surround ourselves with other Christians and post a Scripture everyday in social media “hoping” that some unsaved person reads it and accept Christ then we are NOT following the command of the Lord. We are to share the gospel. Share our story. Share His love. It is not easy – it is very hard for introverts like me to to, but it is not about me. I try everyday to meet someone new with the hope of drawing them into my circle of friends. Sometimes we meet Christians who are :baby” Christians. Then we have one of the most important calling opportunities – to disciple that person until they can disciple someone else. Then to remain available to them as a mentor when they have problem or challenges. It takes commitment. It is not sometime we do once in a while. More importantly it takes love. We are to take Him wherever we go within each 24 hours of our lives, not just for church reasons or to grow our local congregation, but to grow the body of Christ worldwide. “Kingdom Mission” rather than church mission should be our focus 🙂 Blessings Jeleane.

      Have a simply splendid day. In His Service, Joyce E. Gerald Ed.S. Cell: 843-597-2826 Ministry Blog Our first publication is available on the website. Just click the URNOT Icon:

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