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Centered on Christ

Going for the Master

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Jesus’ disciples are supposed to go and make more disciples.

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)

What does “going” for the Master involve for Jesus’ disciples?

Going Involves Submitting to the Authority of Jesus.

Jesus began His instructions to His disciples by emphasizing His authority. He has been given “all authority” by the Father.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9–11).

His commands must be obeyed. As we go, let us remember that we do so based upon the authority of our Master.

Going Involves Enrolling People in Jesus’ School.

“Make disciples” is literally “becoming a pupil” or “enrolling as a scholar.” When we bring people to Christ, we bring them to be enrolled in the Master Teacher’s school.

Enrollment begins by being baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The majority of learning happens after being enrolled. The student of Jesus looks forward to a lifetime of instruction from the Lord. If a Christian refuses to sit at the feet of Jesus to grow and learn, they are like a college student who enrolls but never shows up for class.

As Christians, we must sit at the Lord’s feet to learn of Him while also bringing others to learn from the Master Teacher.

Going Involves Trusting in the Lord.

When we grow discouraged in our efforts to reach our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers with the good news of Christ, remember He is with us. Our Lord was “despised and rejected” (Isaiah 53:3; John 6:60–66). No one understands the heartache of seeing people we love reject the Gospel better than Jesus (Hebrews 4:14–16).

As Christians, we must be a “going” people for the cause of our Master.

The Gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16) — what a blessing it is that our Master has entrusted us to take His message of salvation to the world!

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