As the Gospel of Matthew comes to an end, Jesus commanded His followers to be leaders. These few verses are often called “The Great Commission” but they are also a call to be people of influence.
Matthew 28:18 (New Living Translation)
“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.'”
Before Jesus gave some of His final instructions to His followers, He reminded them of His authority. He was not only an incredible leader – He had a position of supreme authority, too. God the Father gave Jesus the authority to lead in Heaven and on earth. He would, therefore, expect nothing but complete compliance.
If you will look carefully at Jesus’ next few words, He calls each of His followers to be people of influence – leaders! He calls us to affect change in people. He wants us to share the truths of the Good News that through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, folks who repent and believe can be completely forgiven and made right with God.
Matthew 28:19-20 (New Living Translation)
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Look back at the action words in Jesus’ instruction. Look at how we are to affect change in others:
“Make disciples” – Share the Gospel with others and call them to repent and believe in Jesus.
“baptize them” – Seal the deal of someone’s break with their old life by this public profession of their faith.
“Teach these new disciples” – Continue to teach new converts the truths of God’s Word so that they can live their life as followers of Jesus with greater effectiveness.
There is no room for passive Christianity. We are called to be leaders – people who influence others. Leaders point the way to something better and invite people to join them.
Is there someone who you need to “lead” to the Lord? Why not pray for an opportunity and take advantage of it when God sends it your way.