Every Christian’s Mission
Last Friday, I was blessed with an opportunity to speak to our pinoy youth group. I talked about the mission of Christians and the lifestyle of evangelism and discipleship/disciple-making.
Most organizations have mission statements. It defines what they are and what they do. Jollibee’s mission is “to serve great tasting food, bringing the joy of eating to everyone”1. Meralco’s mission is “to provide our customers the best value in energy, products and services”2. And Globe Telecom’s mission is “transforming and enriching lives through communications”3. These local companies are living up to its mission by providing food, electricity, and telecommunications.
Christian’s also have a mission. It’s found in Matthew 28:18-20:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These words are the last words of Jesus while here on earth. Just as the final words from a dying loved one are important, so are Jesus’ last words. This means that Jesus placed much importance on His last command—the Great Commission. And let me just say that the Great Commission is every Christian’s mission. Now, we will divide the text into three parts—Authority, Command, and Promise, to understand it further.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
The word “authority” means the power and right to do something. Since ALL authority had been given to Jesus, then no authority in heaven and on earth can question His. There is no head of a nation, CEO, business tycoon, Hollywood icon, famous personality, or senior pastor that is above His authority. He is the Authority of all authorities. This knowledge should be our motivation to do the Great Commission.
Again, no one is above His authority…and that includes you! We cannot be a part of the Great Commission unless we make Jesus our authority. We must first become His disciples before we can make disciples. We must submit to His authority and lordship.
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.
Jesus gave us the go signal to make disciples. This means that we are to commit to evangelism (spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ), ushering people to a personal relationship with Jesus. But we do not stop in getting converts for Him. We are also to commit to disciple-making, leading these newly-found people to Christlikeness.
And every disciple-maker needs to teach disciples the Bible and the obedience to it. So every follower of Jesus who would commit to the ministry of making disciples is also a teacher.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Teaching, as well as evangelism and disciple-making, is not easy. That’s why Jesus promises every disciple-maker the gift of His presence. Is there any promise better than the blessing of His presence?
Again, let us remind ourselves that the Great Commission is every Christian’s mission. We must live a lifestyle of evangelism and discipleship/disciple-making.
Are you doing this mission?