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Dash 017 - The Great Commission
Today's Dash of Salt devotion wraps up “My Problem, God’s Plan”.
Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
The Bible Says... “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
The Bible Says... "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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’.”
Just a Dash
Have you ever asked God, “what do you want me to do”?
When considering God’s plan for our lives and what our purpose is, we don’t always consider what is referred to in the Bible as “The Great Commission”. Following His resurrection, Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples with the task of making other disciples. In other words, their assignment, their work, was to develop followers of Christ.
Jesus’ task for his disciples wasn’t nearly as complicated as we tend to make it. In fact, if you look at the action verbs in the King James Version of the scripture, the actions words are only: Go, Teach, and Baptize.
As simple as The Great Commission is, it is the cornerstone of Discipleship. It’s almost ironic that it’s given as a single command in a moment of time, almost as if it’s one task on a to-do list. The simplicity of the task shouldn’t come as such a shock, considering the way Christ made His own disciples. Christ met His disciples right where they were, in environments that were familiar to them. He didn’t pull them away from the work they were already doing, but instead showed them how following Him could impact that work. Then, He invited them to follow Him and modeled for them how to make disciples.
A Pinch More
In our effort to find meaning and purpose in our lives, we tend to complicate how we are to carry out The Great Commission in our everyday lives. Since this is to be our life’s work, we expect it to be more difficult and complex that Christ ever designed it to be.
One of the simplest explanations of “our purpose” that I’ve ever heard was “to know Him and to make Him known” (thanks Julie Cummings). That’s it. Our job is simply to know Christ for ourselves and to make Him known to others.
Q: When was the last time you explained to someone else who Christ is to you?
Q: Why is it so difficult to incorporate God’s Plan into our everyday life?
Q: Are your current plans aligned with The Great Commission?
Q: How is God leading you to share Christ with others?
Matthew Chapter 28
Mark Chapter 16