Not So Fast!

August 4, 2020

16 The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 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 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

Written by Jacob Bell from the Harpeth Heights Campus

Something I have been wrestling with lately is whether or not our attitude toward making disciples would be different if we came from a place of rest, confident in the fact that God is already in pursuit of new believers.

Today’s verses are called the Great Commission, in which Jesus sent His disciples out into the world to make disciples who make disciples. We hear the command to go and make disciples, and we hurry to do exactly that—without resting in the reality of the One who is going with us. Making disciples can then become little more than an achievement for the prideful or shame driven for the insecure.

Jesus’ promise that He will be with us always is meant to bring us peace. There is less need for well-planned strategies because the Holy Spirit will be with us and in fact has already gone before us. Instead of just looking for the lost, our calling is to look to Jesus, because He will show us where the lost are. The Great Commission is about wanting what Jesus wants in a lost and broken world.

“We reduce discipleship to a canned program, and so many in the church end up sidelined in a spectator mentality that delegates disciple making to pastors and professionals, ministers and missionaries. But this is not the way it’s supposed to be – none of us are beyond the task of missions. The question is not whether or not we will be working to spread the gospel around the world, but what role we will play in this.” – Francis Chan, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

We make discipleship complicated so it doesn’t feel so costly. However, it’s the cost of discipleship that should point us to the fact that Jesus already paid the bill. We won’t go and make disciples if we don’t love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We show our love for Him by sharing with the world the God of love who has come to be among us.

What do you think the disciples were thinking when Jesus told them, “Go and make disciples, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you”? Do you think they recalled how Jesus looked for them and said, “Follow Me”? Do you think they remembered what He said about being salt? Do you think they remembered how He calmed the wind and the waves? Do you think they remembered when He ate with sinners? Do you think they remembered that He washed their feet?

The call to make disciples is beautiful and big, but don’t miss that it is also a call to follow Christ. He will always be with us, showing us where to go and who to go to.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Who in your life is the Lord is calling you to reach out to?
  2. What would it look like to truly be still and pray for the Lord to lead you to the lost?
  3. If fear is holding you back from making disciples, what would it take for you to admit that fear and then replace it with the assurance of God’s presence?

Family Activity

Play Red Light—Green Light.

Have one person be the traffic director.

  • Traffic Director will say “Go, Tell others about Jesus.”
  • Others will move around the room or yard.
  • Traffic Director will say “Stop, tell me who you can tell about Jesus.”Go, Tell others about Jesus.”
  • Others will move around the room or yard. “Stop, tell me something you know about Jesus.” 
  • When you are finished playing the game, remind your group that the Bible instructs us to tell others about Jesus. We have so many opportunities to tell about Him, anywhere with anybody.

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