“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”‘ Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus gave the disciples these instructions at the very end of the book of Matthew. This is commonly known as the “Great Commission.” We, too, are to follow these instructions. As we finish our year-long study of the Bible, it is my hope that you, too, will GO and make disciples. It is not enough for us to understand God’s Word; we must continue to study and spend the rest of our lives living by these Words of Truth and sharing them with all who are put in our path.
In order to fulfill our calling as Christians, we are to:
• Read the Bible daily
• Study the Word
• Meditate on the Word
• Pray in all things
• Memorize Scripture
• Share the Good News
• Strive to grow on our Christian journey
When God called out to the men and women of the Bible, He gave them the command to GO! And they went. Imagine how different the story would be had any one of them said ‘no’ to God. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Samson, Gideon, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Josiah, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeramiah, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, John the Baptist, the 12 Disciples, Paul …
The list is long, but they all had in common one thing: They were part of God’s plan to bring His people back into perfect union with Him. Jesus was the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham almost 4,000 years ago that all the world would be blessed. We are part of that blessing and now we, too, are called to GO and make disciples. I challenge you to take that call seriously and go out as God’s ambassador, telling and retelling the Bible story until the whole word hears!
I thank You and I praise You for all that You have revealed to us during this study. I ask You to hide in my heart all that I have learned and bring it to mind in future reading and study. I ask that You continue to woo me, drawing me closer to You and giving me a hunger to read Your Word for the rest of my life. Thank You for calling out to me and giving me new life through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
“Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly.” Colossians 3:16
Reading Assignment: Remember that the Psalms were not part of our assigned reading so take the next few weeks and read through them. You will surely be blessed through them!