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."
A key command Jesus gave to the eleven disciples is given us in Matthew 28:20, "Teach them to obey all that I have commanded you." Jesus didn't mean for this Great Commission to be only for the eleven but for all believers. Through the eleven, Jesus has commissioned us to (1) go; (2) make disciples of all nations (can be translated "people groups"); (3) baptize them; and (4) teach them to obey all Jesus has commanded us. The first question we need to ask is, "What am I to do?".
While going about our life we are to take the opportunities God gives us to share the gospel with the people around us. If they repent of their sins and believe the gospel, we are to instruct them about baptism, encourage them to be baptized and then begin to teach them everything Jesus commanded us. If we understand our God-given assignment, we understand this commission is not optional, it is commanded by the Creator and Savior of the world.
Who are the people around us? The obvious people we are assigned to go to and make a disciple are the people in our family, our husband, wife, children, mother, father, sister, brother, cousins, etc. Another group of obvious people we are assigned to make disciples of are the people in our neighborhood, our work place, our school, our social events (sports, recreational activities, etc.), and people we are in constant contact with. Unobvious people we are to make disciples are the people that the Lord puts in our path one time only, people that live in our region who are best reached by helping a church planter, through our local church, start a church in their area, and people that live in an unreached people group that we need to team up with our local church believers to send a missionary who is assigned to make disciples of them.
Understanding what we are to do is great motivation to get the help we need to get our assigned work done. We will begin to answer the next question, "Do I have help?" tomorrow. Do you, as a believer, know what you are to primarily be doing while living and completing all the necessities that go along with living in this world? Is there any evidence that you know what you are to do?