By Natalie Boyd
God calls each of His followers – those that put their trust in Him – to make disciples. We are called to know Him, and to help others know Him. Therefore, in Christ, we find great purpose. He calls us into His ministry, as we become disciple makers.
I’m reminded of the well-known passage found in Matthew 28:19-20.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NASB
The first part that stands out is Jesus’ command of "teaching them to observe all that I commanded." This is a call for us as Christ followers to make sure we are teaching those around us what God says in His Word. Not only do we want people to know what Scripture says, but we must urge them to practice it. We are to encourage them to live in such a way that glorifies our Creator and Redeemer. We are to speak God’s truth in love, because we are confident that Scripture is sufficient when teaching about life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-3). This should also challenge us, for if we are urging others to live out the Word of God, we must be doing the same.
Second, Jesus gives us great hope in this passage. As we do His work and ministry, as we live in a hurting and broken world, we are not alone. His resurrection gives us hope because He is with us through every trial and joy. What a simple, but life-changing truth!
I pray this encourages you, as Christ followers and disciple makers, to keep going. When conversations get tough and lives messy, may we be diligent in pointing people to the truth found in Scripture, and the hope Christ offers His people through His life, death, and resurrection.