I can’t believe that it is nearing the end of Lent already and the 40 days of seeking to draw closer to Jesus. It wasn’t about religion or ritual it was about growing deeper in the relationship that we have with Jesus. The purpose behind what we say and do matters, if our purpose is to just participate in Bible study then we will never draw anything from it, but if our purpose is to draw deeply from the well of His Word then we will leave changed and transformed.
Our day to day lives get wrapped up in what is happening around us, what people are saying or doing and we take our eyes off of that is important. We lose sight of our purpose; our purpose isn’t to rely on the world view, the harsh words of someone else, or the behavior of others. Our purpose is determined by Jesus Himself and a command that He clearly gives for us to do.
On the third day after Jesus was crucified, God raised Him from the dead and scripture tells us that he appeared to many in that time after He was resurrected. Many people saw Jesus and heard His words before He ascended. Jesus left them with these verses at the end of Matthew, He didn’t just leave them…He left them with work to be done. He didn’t leave them to figure it out on their own, He sent the Holy Spirit. He didn’t leave them to argue and divide each other, He left them to work together with a common goal and purpose in mind. Think about the application that this makes for us in our lives, with the people in our lives. We have a job to be done given by Christ, He tells the disciples sitting on the mountain side that day to “go and make disciples.” He didn’t give conditions about who they were to make disciples, they didn’t need to have a certain about of money or status, they didn’t need to dress a certain way or speak a specific language, they didn’t need to be approved by the disciples of whether or not they liked them. Jesus gave two directions to go and to make disciples, Jesus even went a step further to make sure they knew that the door was open to anyone because He said “make disciples of all nations.”
This verse applies to you and I too, the great commission, the job that Jesus has for us to do. As we exit the season of Easter and the resurrection we have to remember that there is work to be done now just as there was then in the days when Jesus walked on Earth. We have a job to do, we have people around us who need to hear about Jesus, they need to hear that they are loved and there is a God who loves them so incredibly. It’s time for us to stop acting like the world and to start living the commission that we have been given as disciples of Christ ourselves…to go and make more disciples.