Matthew 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Let’s catalogue some of the help we have been given to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey Jesus’ commands while going about our daily life: The Helper, the Holy Spirit teaches us, reminds us what He taught us, guides us into all truth, and gives us the power to witness. The Lord also gives us everything we need for life and godliness and all of His very great and precious promises that enable us to participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by sinful desires. Does that fit your list compiled looking at yesterday’s scripture passages?
Now the question for today, “How do we use the help that the Lord has given us?” We access all of the help we have been given by knowing and living the truth of Paul’s teaching in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We know we have died to sin and that we are no longer slaves to sin because we have been crucified with Christ (see Romans 6:6-7). We know Christ lives in us and He has all the resources we need to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20. We access all the resources we have been given to fulfill our assignment by faith in the Son of God. Faith is being exercised when we attempt to be and do what Jesus commands us fully expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power. Paul’s prayer reveals this in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 “…We always pray for you, that our God…may fulfill…every work of faith by His power.” Peter expresses how we live by faith in 2 Peter 1:5 when he says after telling us all the power we have to, “…make every effort to ....” We attempt to obey and God fulfills our attempt with His power. We use the help we have been given by exercising faith, attempting to obey Jesus.
Just think what would happen if we quit saying, “That’s too hard,” and began to attempt to do what Jesus commanded just as the first eleven disciples did? We would see the Lord working through us to make disciples. As a result of many more disciples, an increasing number of people following Jesus, the culture would make wonderful changes for the better. Are you willing to begin to be more diligent in living by faith in the Son of God and so obey Jesus’ commands to go, make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey everything I (Jesus) commanded? Ask the Lord to help you (1 John 5:14-15).