Stay with me on this and take note of the italicized words. We’ll be coming back to them.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
When they (disciples) saw Him, they (disciples) worshiped Him; but some (disciples) doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them (disciples), saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go (disciples) therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them (disciples) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them (disciples) to observe all things that I have commanded you
(disciples); and lo, I am with you (disciples) always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Here’s a simple question with a very obvious answer: to whom was Jesus speaking? Disciples, right? This is very important. Jesus was speaking to disciples.
Disciples are disciplined ones. They are current, active, and ongoing students and learners. These disciples were humble men who’d proven their faithfulness by not only learning, but also by putting into practice what they’d learned. There was more yet to come. They were now ready to graduate to the next step in being a disciple.
These disciples were the ones to whom Jesus would entrust the leadership of the New Testament church. It is here, in Matthew 28, that Jesus revealed to them, and us, a key element of being a disciple that is to be at the core of the framework of the church. His instruction to these who were disciples was for them to duplicate themselves and make disciples. They were to do for others what Jesus had done for them.
Please hear me all the way out on this matter. No matter what you do in the church, you’ll see it in a whole new light. As we move forward, you’ll see your ministry, whether you consider it significant or insignificant, really does matter. You doing your part is the key to the structure, growth, and revival of the church. This plan Jesus gave the church is no less central to the building of the church than the dimensions were to the building of the ark! That means that the part you play in obedience is critical to God’s glory being revealed in His body, the church. Your ministry matters.
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