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.
Matthew 28:19 NIV
In Matthew's story of Jesus, these are His parting words to His eleven remaining disciples. Verses 18–20 are often called the "Great Commission" because Jesus is sending His hand-chosen disciples out into the world to accomplish a specific mission: Make more disciples.
Specifically, the disciples are told to make more disciples of all nations. This means people from every group and ethnicity on earth. Through Jesus, God's relationship with humanity has moved beyond Israel to include people from every corner of the world who come to the Father through the Son.
Jesus' command is to make "disciples." A disciple is someone who becomes like his or her master by living in a servant relationship to him.
I’ve only really come to terms with this over the last few years. Watching Norm and Mike walk up to strangers in the parking lot in Gettysburg and then baptize TJC men in that freezing creek was my first glimpse of what is possible if I would just submit to the calling.
I’m still not quite ready to baptize folks in subzero weather, but praying for and with others is now fairly commonplace for me and I’m much more aware of my actions in public. People will not want to follow someone who appears lost themselves. If I’m going to be a Kingdom man and do the Kingdom work of leading others to Christ, I must be an example for others of what His love can do to a man’s heart.
Daily Battle Order:
Be aware of everything you say and do in every interaction. Let Christ’s light shine from you so that others will want to emulate the same Master as you.