Matthew 28:19, 20 - Jesus Gives The Great Commission. [addendum]

Matthew 28:19, 20 - Jesus Gives The Great Commission.  [addendum]

Matthew 28:19, 20 (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all 
the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son 
and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that 
I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the 
end of the age." Amen.  

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY APPLICATIONS [see previous devotionals for 
further study] 

   The last words of many famous people have been recorded and 
pondered. Final statements from the lips of the dying become a rich source 
for everything from term paper quotations to attention grabbers in 
   This last passage of Matthew contains Jesus' famous last 
words. But unlike the somber, reflective words of a dying man, Christ's 
words have a triumphant ring to them. That's because he has overcome 
death and has faithfully completed the task given to him by his 
Father. As Jesus prepares to return to his Father, he gives his 
disciples their final mission. As you read, listen carefully to Jesus' 
commission to his disciples (and you)--to reach the world for him. 
   Review Matthew 26 - 28
   Just before leaving the earth, Jesus gave his disciples some 
final instructions: "Go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). 
   Although Jesus gave this command to the disciples present at 
his ascension into heaven, it still applies to all believers today. 
Every disciple needs to make other disciples, to tell others about 
Jesus and his invitation to receive him as Savior and Lord. Some 
imagine that the job of sharing the good news about Christ falls mainly 
to full-time evangelists, but that's not what Jesus said on that 
mountain. Any method of communicating the gospel, any means of helping 
people feel or recognize their need for Christ, any help to others 
taking steps of faith makes disciples. Jesus didn't limit the spreading 
of the Good News to formal presentations in front of crowds. All 
believers can communicate the news about Christ, and we all have gifts 
that we can use to tell his story in a significant way. [The One Year 
Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re Matthew 28:16-20] 

   My dad never really had a dad. In 1926, when my father was 
two years old, his father deserted the family, leaving his wife to 
raise four kids as best she could. Money was tight, and when my dad 
was just six years old, he went to work with his older brother every 
morning at three to deliver bread. 
   Later, when my father had his own four sons, he had no 
fathering compass. Yet in his heart, he knew it was his job to "break the 
cycle." So we joined a church. Unfortunately, this particular church 
wasn't in the business of making disciples; it was all about activity. 
My dad's strong work ethic fit right in, and he became the church's 
top lay leader. But as a worker who had never been discipled, he was 
soon used up and cast aside. We left the church, and my brothers and 
I paid the price: Two of us became high school dropouts (I was one 
of them). There were also struggles with alcoholism, addiction, and 
divorce. One of my brothers died of a heroin overdose. 
   In the end, it took two generations to break the cycle--and 
then only because my own family found a church that took seriously 
Jesus' commission to make and train an entire world of disciples-- 
including me. Only then could I be a godly man, husband, and father. Only 
then could I lead my own children--and parents--to Christ and dedicate 
my life to making and training new disciples. 
   Patrick Morley, inspirational speaker and leadership trainer, 
is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Man in the Mirror, a ministry 
to men. He is the author of twelve books, including the landmark 
best seller The Man in the Mirror. [The One Year Bible Live Verse 
Devotional re Mat. 28:18-20] 

   John Ortberg writes, "One of the most basic laws of life is 
   He describes a young mother who regrets that she isn't able 
to carve out times of solitude with the Lord as she once did, now 
that she has responsibility for the daily care of two young children. 
Yet, Ortberg says, caring for her children with prayers and gratitude 
"might become a kind of school for transformation into powerful 
servant-hood beyond anything she had ever known." 
   Life is rhythm. The seasons of life continue.
   In our ever-changing circumstances, we find seasons within 
our souls as well. We experience times of desolation and 
consolation. At times we feel dry spiritually. Other times we sense the 
presence of the Lord in even the tiniest details of life. 
   Ortberg quotes C. S. Lewis on the seasons when God withdraws 
his presence: "He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs--to 
carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish." 
   That's when, we're told by many spiritual guides, growth is 
most likely to occur. Life is rhythm. Life is adventure. Life is 
catching the wind in our sails, the wind that comes when it pleases. 
   Ortberg contrasts a motorboat and a sailboat. Piloting a 
motorboat, we're in control. In a sailboat, we're completely dependent on 
the wind. If the wind doesn't come, we stay put. We have to catch 
the wind. It's the same with spiritual transformation. 
   Everything depends on catching the wind of the Spirit. "Moses 
didn't ask for or arrange for the burning bush," Ortberg writes. "But 
once it was there, he had to make a choice. God's responsibility is 
to provide the burning bush. Ours is to turn aside and pay 
attention to the work of God." 
   Holy Spirit, I long to feel your breeze on my face, 
refreshing me and lifting me into your purposes and plan. Let me be alert 
to whatever you are doing in me, and to obey whether I feel your 
presence or not. 
   [Jesus said,] "I am with you always, even to the end of the 
age." Matthew 28:20 NLT [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold 

Go teaching and preaching out of your living experience with 
Christ. [In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest re Mat.28:18,19] 


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