FROM THE DESK OF DAWN PARR
THE GREAT COMMISSION:
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
At one time or another, all Christians are confronted with the command of Jesus found in the Great Commission. These are the last recorded words of Jesus, so they have utmost importance. With His limited time left on earth, these words were a significant message to the apostles. His message is a daunting task and one that cannot be completed without JOY. What is JOY? It is the knowledge of God in all circumstances. The emphasis of these words continue today, and we must keep JOY with us as we complete His work.
Let’s breakdown His message:
“What is a disciple?”
Jesus calls us to become disciples and to make disciples. We can begin this through hearing His word. Preaching the Gospel is an essential first step to fulfilling the Great Commission. Those who Preach must have God with them and be filled with JOY.
“How does one make a disciple?”
Once the word is heard and understood, it is important that we offer Healing, Encouragement and Care. We are called to be Jesus’ agents-doing His work. However, the work can only be completed if we carry JOY in our hearts. It is through His gospel message that we can heal the spiritually sick. With the Lord Jesus, we can encourage others as they understand and believe the Gospel message. As new Christians grow in JOY with Christ, we are called to care and prepare them for the mission field.
“How are disciples sent to all nations?”
The third question infers that they Go. However, this requires us to “send them”. So, how are they sent to all nations? The purpose of mission is to be intentional about going into the world with JOY, both locally and globally as we carry the Good News to a hurting world.
Next week, kids attending Liberty VBS will be led on a secret mission. As Agents in Training, kids are on a clandestine operation to discover the mission of the S.N.O.W. Agency. While seeking out the meaning of S.N.O.W., they will understand how to be filled with JOY as they learn the Gospel Message. Code words will be added to their list of clues and upon the conclusion of their training, the agency’s mission will unfold. Agents will be equipped to carry out His message with JOY to all nations.
The Great Commission spells out the central purpose for all believers. He is the Director of S.N.O.W. Agency and our mission is clear. Our lives belong to Jesus Christ. He redeemed us so that we might become useful in His Kingdom. Both His presence and His authority will accompany us as we carry out His disciple making mission. Be filled with JOY as you spread His Good News!