Something happened in the lives of the disciples. Something big. Something transformational. Something changed their lives forever.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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.”Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
A Fisherman became a missionary. A tax collector became a teacher. A small group of disciples, hiding in fear behind locked doors, began boldly telling the story of Jesus in the marketplace and the public square. Why?
Was it because Jesus told them to do it? Was it out of obligation or a sense of duty?
No! It was because of the power of Jesus, His resurrection, and the personal transformations they saw in their own lives, that the disciples felt compelled to share it with others.
The disciples could not keep it for themselves. Nothing mattered to them more than sharing the story, living the Jesus way, and becoming part of the community of love, grace, and peace.
The disciples had a deep sense of the continuing presence of Jesus in their lives and in their newfound followers of Jesus. They lived with God’s presence, power, and provision in their lives.
So they shared the story of Jesus to the world.
The disciples gathered for worship and wrote down their stories to help teach others. They shared what they had with each other. They welcomed and discipled new people. They made deep personal sacrifices. They became the living Body of Christ for the good of the world.
Certainly, there is nothing wrong with duty, obligation, or with responsibility. But what happens when people take these Great Commission Bible verses to heart?
You see something totally different. You see Believers act like those first disciples. They are motivated by love, not an obligation. They are filled with gratitude and joy. They have a passion for connecting with new people, and a willingness to do anything to see that happen.
Take a moment and picture yourself on that mountain top. You are there. Jesus speaks personally to you, both the challenge to go, and the promise that He will go with you. Your willingness to follow Jesus and to carry the Good News into the world remains God’s only plan.
Will you carry the Good News of Jesus into the world?
“Heavenly Father, I read in Your Word in today’s Bible verse how all authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth. You have told me to go and share this Good News with others. I desire to be part of this end time harvest of souls, and in praying for those who are lost. I know I am In Jesus and I have Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide me. As I submit to Your leading, I will be used by You. I will be a living part of the Body of Christ for the good of the world. Heavenly Father, use me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”