Here’s VERSE #4:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a)
Those were among Jesus’ last words here on earth. That’s what the “therefore” is there for — it sums up nicely Jesus’ game plan for his followers. That plan?
I have to confess something right now: I’m a guy.
I don’t know about you, but most guys I know don’t get real real easily. I’ve been with lots of guys in lots of Bible studies over the years and, unfortunately, lots of our discussions go something like this:
Leader: How are you guys doing?
Bob: How ’bout them Packers?
Dave: Boy, it sure is cold today.
Fred: Pass the donuts.
Sometimes, it’s not until you meet one-on-one with a person that things start to open up a little. Have lunch with some apparently happy someone in your life and you may be shocked to discover that — just like you — they struggle with sin. People I thought I knew well have suddenly revealed that they face addictions, depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, doubt, temptation, ethical dilemmas, marital strife — things they never disclosed during group get-togethers.
Heed Jesus’ call to action. Get off the couch and get in the game. Get real with the people in your life. Invite ’em to breakfast. Treat ’em to lunch. Listen to their stories. And then tell ’em yours. Start making disciples today. And remember that you’re never alone in this endeavor.
Here’s how Jesus concluded his above remarks:
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b)
GO MAKE DISCIPLES
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