Our Mission, If We Choose to Accept It...

Kevin Ibanez

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20

The other day, as I was flipping through the TV channels, I saw a part of the latest installment of the Mission Impossible movie series.  Whenever one of the operatives receives their instructions, they are told, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to ….” 

We as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, have a mission and when we became followers of Jesus, we chose to accept it.  It is commonly called, the Great Commission.  As most of you know, the prefix, “co” means together or with, so we are to be with Jesus and on a mission with Him.  His mission on this earth, which He chose to accept, was to redeem humanity and to give us the opportunity to reestablish a relationship with God.

His command to us was to “Go” and to “make disciples.”   He said that He would be with us as we were going and making disciples.  So my question to you is, "how are you doing in making disciples"?  Can you honestly say that there is someone in your life right now that you are teaching and pouring into so that he or she can observe and follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus?  Are you making a disciple who will in turn continue this pattern of making more disciples?  If you are making disciples, then great!  Praise God and keep at it!

If you are not, then it is time to get on mission with God.  Pray and ask God to show you someone in your life that you can help to become a follower of Jesus.  Maybe you start from scratch and begin by sharing your faith with a co-worker, family member, or a friend.  On the other hand, maybe there is a young believer that you know who needs a Christian friend and mentor.  In order to disciple someone, contrary to popular belief; you do not need a ton of training.  All you need is a willing heart, some time, and a Bible.  Begin by meeting with someone on a regular basis and start reading the Bible with him or her, explaining what the meaning is, and then discussing what the Word of God says.

If you want something a bit more structured, here at Sunrise we have follow up materials that can you can take a young believer through which will help you explain foundational Christian truths and establish a relationship/friendship with the person as you meet with them on a regular basis.  Just come to the front office and we can help you find the materials you need so you can begin making disciples.

My encouragement to all of you is to get on mission with Jesus and begin making disciples.  As you do this, not only are you a part of Jesus’ mission on this earth, but you will be blessed because you will be helping a fellow follower of Jesus grow in their relationship with Christ and then they will reach out to someone else and make disciples as well.

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