Some of Jesus’ final words to his followers were, “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, even to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 18 – 20)
In this short passage, Jesus declares that he is in charge (all authority has been given to me) and he details the task that he is giving to his followers (make disciples). This key task is something that we talked about as church planters in a recent meeting. We met to talk about what the world might look like 25 years from now. We discussed the need of developing churches that are a vital part of society, churches that speak the truth and love of Jesus consistently and powerfully. The foundational theme that came from this discussion was the need for us to be creating disciples who are spreaders of salt and light.
Jesus told his followers to make disciples. I recognize that prior to making disciples, I must choose to be a disciple of Jesus myself. A disciple in Bible times was someone who chose to “attach” himself to a certain teacher. He would follow the teacher, listening to his thoughts, learning from his actions, observing and imitating his conduct of life.
Jesus wants us to attach ourselves to him. In the next few blogs, I am going to write about the different signs of discipleship Jesus said would “mark” his followers. These are distinctive signs we can use to measure our connection to our leader. The question I will leave you with today: “What are you doing today to “attach” yourself to Jesus?”