He Told His Disciples
21st JANUARY 2022
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:18–20 NLT].
If Jesus lived and died for the kingdom of God to be revealed to us, for us to receive access and live by it, would it not be wise for us to know all that the kingdom entails? Hopefully, you have followed over the past few days as we have looked at the foundation we need for glorious things. Prioritising the kingdom always, advancing the kingdom message, offering our service, and walking in love, are all essential for our foundation. Nevertheless, there still remain more aspects of the kingdom we need to explore, even as we learn from Jesus.
From the verses for today, we are introduced to yet another scope of the kingdom; that is, discipleship. Any believer who is not interested in discipleship has probably not met Jesus yet and is still searching for the Christ of the Bible. Through the lives of disciples, the kingdom of God is established in places and expanded over territories. In point of fact, glorious things are accomplished through disciples. Think about it, how do we know of this glorious saviour, Jesus, and have come to learn how to have a relationship with Him? Your answer should be as good as Matthew 28:18–20.
Are you a disciple? Have you been discipled? You cannot claim to be a disciple if you cannot point out to us the one who discipled you. It is accurate that we all qualify to be called believers, but not all are disciples. Jesus spent three years actively discipling twelve men, and if you should do the math, you could say He used three months on each person. You need to understand this; those three months transformed each man that they followed Jesus all their days, even after His death. Even Judas was transformed when he came to himself, only that he pronounced his own judgement, rather than running to the mercy seat of the lover of his soul.
In the kingdom of God, Jesus is interested in turning believers into disciples. Look at the opening verse again, the instruction was to “disciples.” It takes a disciple to make a disciple. A disciple is a learner; but is it not intriguing that the work Jesus gives to a disciple is to teach? Remember, to be great in the kingdom requires service, and teaching puts a disciple to service. Invest in becoming a disciple, invest in discipleship and see how this solidifies your foundation for glorious things.
Heavenly Father, thank You for teaching me to be a disciple. Help me by Your Spirit to live the life of a disciple all my days. Grant me wisdom to teach my generation all that You have commanded me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Titus 2:1–8
Bible In One Year: Genesis [17–20]