“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Ah, the Great Commission! Jesus’ monumental proclamation to his disciples and to us! We are all familiar with these words.
But our familiarity with these verses has also lead to some confusion over them. Sometimes we think this commission is directed at just missionaries. We read the phrase, “Go and make disciples of all nations” and immediately we think that this is only for those who are going out to all the nations. Sometimes we are confused over the Great Commission because we have used the label “great” in front of it. And so we think that this applies to only those who are “super-Christians” or the “Billy Grahams” among us.
But in reality, neither one of these perspective is correct. Jesus is giving all of us who are believers, all of us who claim to be Christ-followers, our mission. Jesus here is talking to the normal, everyday believer. And what he is giving us is an “Everyday Mission”.
Jesus is commissioning his followers to make disciples. He tells them to make fully devoted followers of Jesus by “going” and “baptizing” and “teaching”. Our assignment is to invite people to Christ, help them grow in their salvation, and equip them to live out their faith as Christ-followers in the world. This mission covers the entire process of what it takes to make “disciple”.
Our words for this everyday mission at First Evangelical Free church is simply, “… to help individuals become Christ-centered and Christ-sent together.”And this mission is for each of us. It calls us to become Christ-centered and Christ-sent. It calls us to develop Christ’s character in our lives and to follow Christ’s priorities. It isn’t for someone else. It starts in me!
If you are a teenager, this call is for you to reach teenagers. If you are a young adult, this call is for you to reach your neighbors and work associates. If you are a senior citizen, this is a call for you to make disciples in your community. It is an Everyday Mission for Everyone of Us.
This month in First Word you will read stories of people working on living out this Everyday Mission of Jesus in their real world. They are Christ-sent into their community. Might their example call you and I to do the same.