Then Jesus came to them and said, “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 (NIV)
We are now ready to transition from the “Individual” column of the “Spiritual” row in our Palpable Kingdom Presence Grid to the “Interpersonal” column. This will bring us from “Encourage a Vibrant Relationship with the Creator” to “Encourage and Support True Disciple Making”.
The Great Commission captured in our Key Verse passage can be summarized in two words: “Make disciples”. This would become Jesus’ core strategy to extending the kingdom of heaven to earth. Such an inspiring mission would require much more than believers – it would require people willing to give up everything to make it happen.
This very relational God of ours tacks on some extremely important words after announcing His strategy – “I am with you”. It brings us back to this “vibrant relationship” that we have been discussing these past few weeks. Jesus knew that the task He was giving us to make disciples would be impossible for us lest we maintained close ties with Him. He tacks on words before and after these to reinforce His presence – “surely” He would be with us, and He would be with us “always”.
For Jesus, disciple making was much more about vibrant relationships than jamming some doctrine down our throats. The same should be true of us. If we are going to see palpable kingdom presence in our midst, it will only result when those who consider themselves disciples of Jesus invest their lives in others.
This is the first in the “Encourage and Support True Disciple Making” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence.