Matt. 28:18-20 (KJV) — “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Jesus says that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. So, the statements to follow are commands that we need to obey as followers of Christ. If you get bored, you don't have the option to obey or not obey, for this isn’t an optional thing. This is the command of our Saviour—to be busy in His service, submitted to His authority, and following His command. His command is to go and make disciples and proclaim the gospel everywhere.
What is it that we are doing? We are making disciples. What are disciples? To be a disciple of Jesus is simply to be a follower of Him. We must believe that He is who He says He is and do what He tells us to do. Making disciples is the process of telling people about Jesus and calling them to follow Him. It’s a process that takes a lifetime when we will continue to be made into His image. To put it simply: It is to teach someone to follow this glorious gospel. We teach them all that Jesus said and did, and we teach them to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a symbol of the inward change, we also should be water baptized.
In Luke 19:10, it says that Jesus actively seeks out the lost. You don't just wait for them to come to you, but you follow the example of our Lord. Ephesians 4:11-16 shows us that it’s the church's job to make disciples of everyone, not merely the pastors. The mission of spreading the gospel should not be relegated to a few. It should not just be a department of your church; it should be the heartbeat of your church. A church that is not busy spreading the gospel locally, nationally, and worldwide is not operating as a New Testament church. So, the answer to the question who is “All of us.” Every single one of us who claim to be Christians need to live as though we are followers of Christ.
We are to be about the mission of Jesus, which is to see souls saved. You don’t have to wait to be older for that. Many will say, “I don’t know if I’m called to this,” or maybe, “Not right now.” The passage in Matthew shows all of us that we are called to this, and it starts immediately. God has already opened up many doors for us to share our faith, but most likely, we just passed right by those open doors because we’re waiting for a voice to say, “Go in.” Begin to take advantage of the opportunities around you to share the gospel with those to whom you come in contact. Go.
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