Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He left an assignment for his apostles, and ultimately us, to go and make disciples of all nations. This assignment is called The Great Commission.
To understand this assignment, let’s break down two key words: commission and disciple.
Commission is defined as a command, a call to action, or even a job.
A disciple is one who accepts and spreads the doctrines of another.
Jesus gave us employment in His kingdom. I am not sure about you, but I wish getting an earthly job was that easy! Unfortunately, many of us have not accepted the job offer. We accept Jesus and His truths but fall short when it comes to sharing those truths with others. We may understand a command but think it applies to others who know more about the Bible than we do. Or maybe we think a disciple is more of a formal title, like a preacher.
However, when we look at Jesus’ words in John 13:34-35, he says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
That sheds a whole new light on the assignment, doesn’t it? Simply put, The Great Commission calls us to teach others about Jesus by loving them the way He loved us. It is something we are all capable of – if we accept the job.