26th April 2019

“Go”

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

“Go.” It’s not a hard word to understand. But read it in the well-known Great Commission – Jesus last earthly command to his disciples – and suddenly it’s harder to work out how this command verb relates to us?

Maybe we’ve all felt a little uncertain or overwhelmed when we hear the call to go out and make disciples of all nations. Images of Peter on Pentecost or Paul traversing the Mediterranean flash through our mind, and we feel out of place with this “go” business. Surely, Jesus’ command is for the all-star missionaries, not for us. Right? What do we do with this word “go”? Is there an easier place to start – closer to home – when it comes to the Great Commission?

One of the first places where we can fulfil this “go and make disciples” command is with ourselves. The word “disciple” is mathetes in Greek, which literally means “pupil” or “follower.” Are we followers of Jesus, or just fans? Do we praise his name, whilst our heart is far from his teachings? Are we living a discipled life? “’If you abide in My word,’ Jesus said, ‘you are My disciples indeed’” (John 8:31). Our lives are to be discipled through observing whatsoever Jesus has commanded us. What part of our life can we ‘go’ to that has not yet been discipled? Discipling is not a one-off, one-time fix, but a process of transformation into the image of Jesus. And in aligning our life with Jesus – his example – it prepares fertile ground for the making of other disciples who “by your good works which they observe, glorify God…” (1 Peter 2:12).

These good works spring from a life lived out of one of Jesus’ most important commandments to “love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). A life that chooses to take an interest in and cares for the needs of others will always be noticed as worthy of attention in this selfish world. This means every time we demonstrate love towards others we are participating in the “go” of the Great Commission – and by this love all will know that we are Jesus’ disciples (verse 35), because people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Jesus has chosen us as his disciples (John 15:16), so “go”, in word and deed, as “a chosen generation…that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9), and he will be with us always, even to the end of the age.

Prayer
Father, please disciple every part of my life, filling me with your love for others to produce good works so that those I’m in relationship with may glorify you.
Amen

Study by Richard Fowler
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About the Author:
Richard Fowler attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. He helps with Young People’s Church there as well as writing a blog and articles for the UK Church’s Because Magazine (www.because.uk.com).

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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