Evaluation is Good.
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."
As we continue to look at the Great Commission above, we ask a third question about the disciples, "Did the eleven disciples do a good job of obeying the four commands?"
We find the answer to the evaluation question in the historical book of Acts. Acts was written by Luke sometime in the early 60's AD after Paul had been imprisoned in Rome for two years (Acts 28:30-31). The following scripture texts give the historical account of the eleven's work. This will help us evaluate their work, whether is was good or bad.
Ok. press pause. Check out this side note: It took persecution to scatter the Christians outside the Jerusalem area where the apostles were. Even though we know the assignment, we need our comfortable nest made uncomfortable to complete it. The assignment was to reach the world. The comfortable place was the area around Jerusalem. The eleven had not helped the people to go out to all the world, so God allowed persecution, and then, the gospel spread beyond the Jerusalem area.
So, what is the answer to the evaluation question, "Did the eleven disciples do a good job of obeying the four commands?"
Yes! The eleven did a good job of obeying the four commands of Matthew 28:19-20. We are evidence of that good job today. What started with a Great Commission to eleven has changed the world.
Below are the questions we have covered so far. If you missed a devotional click here.
The next three devotionals will focus on 'us' and we will be asking 'ourselves' the following very important questions:
Ponder the questions one more time for yourselves and keep hanging out with us each day as we reflect on the most important assignment of our lives. Remember, the only thing that matters is God and people.
May God give you a burning desire to be a disciple and make disciples.
Life is a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. Never forget these three words to help you change your life, "Do it now." Start today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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