I am convinced that most of us Christians alive today need to capture again a freshness of the GREAT commission. (Matt 28: 18-20) Jesus' mission became the disciples mission and has been passed down through generations and now it has been passed into our hands. We will hold it for a short time and then will be required to pass it on to the next generation who will in turn have the responsibility to make disciples of all nations and pass it on with passion and urgency.
We sometimes think we are living in difficult times where it is hard for us to share the gospel. However, a quick study of history, the life and times of when Jesus commissioned his disciples to ought to leave us ashamed of the excuses we make. Infact, nearly all were killed in action, they gave everything they had. They got something that somehow, i feel is missing today!
Jesus commission to us is GREAT because it is:
1. It is GREAT in it's authority - Jesus said 'ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him.' There is no authority greater than Jesus in heaven or on earth, so what's our problem? He authorizes us to go!!
2. It is GREAT in it's mission - Make disciples! how? By Baptising them and teaching them to obey EVERYTHING I have commanded you. We are called to be discipled and to disciple. There is nothing greater to Jesus.
3. It is GREAT in it's scope - 'ALL nations' All peoples and as followers of Christ we should learn to love EVERYONE as Jesus did for us. He is passionate for the nations! Salvation is for all people and we must think globally.
4. It is GREAT in it's Promise - Jesus is with us unto the very end of time. His authority, power and presence is ALWAYS available and is with us. Where ever we have been, are right now or will be he has promised to be with us. This ought to make a difference - what a great security and peace we should experience.
Every follower of Jesus is commissioned and sent out to bring people to Jesus. We are all missionaries, so let's get to it!!