In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus told His eleven disciples (Judas was no longer a disciple as this was after His crucifixion and resurrection.) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This scripture is often referred to as The Great Commision. As Christians, we too are called to this commision. But, what does it mean to be a disciple? How do you become one?
Discipleshiptools.com defines a disciple as one who:
Grows in Christ and in so doing models and teaches others the precepts of the Bible, prayer, doctrine, relationship, Christian living, service, and worship, to name the main ones.
That speaks a lot about who we are as well as Who we serve. If we don’t follow Christ nor obey His word, it would be difficult to call ourselves disciples of Christ. The rewards of becoming a disciple are endless! The Bible tells us that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
When we answer the call, or better yet, “follow our purpose in life,” we are following God’s will, dying to our own desires and choosing to do what He created us for. Discipleship doesn’t always involve a “pulpit” or standing on street corners. Sometimes it’s in our own homes, places of work, with friends, family, or even strangers. Serving Him is the most important thing we can do.
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus promised the disciples that if they would do as He instructed, then: “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (What an awesome thought!)
Imagine the power given you based on your obedience? In 1 Corinthians 4:20 it clearly states, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
Want to discover more about this power God has given those who follow Him and obey His commision? Here are two more scriptures referring to this power:
Luke 24:49, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
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