When someone hands over new responsibility to you, do you ever quickly think, “You’ve got the wrong person”? Maybe you’re quiet. Maybe you’re loud. Maybe you’re young. Maybe you’re old. We all have an excuse for why we think we’re not the right person for the job. Jesus has given us a job. He equips us to go and tell other people about him and he tosses us the baton, giving us the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment along the way.
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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.
we have a job to do
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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 28:16-20
the most unlikely candidates
As we look at Scripture, we find example after example of the most unqualified, unlikely disciple makers. God used the tax collectors and the fishermen, the plain and the simple. It wasn’t a large following or a high accomplishment that qualified his closest friends for ministry—it was their relationship with the savior of the world. They betrayed Jesus, denied him, doubted him, questioned him, and still he called them friends (John 15:15).
The enemy would love for you to believe that you’re not qualified to share Jesus with someone else. He would love for you to believe that your past is all people can see, that your gifts aren’t good enough, that you haven’t learned enough, that you’re not loud enough.
But the gospel is too good to keep to ourselves.
There is no degree, no title, no pay grade necessary to share God’s gospel with other people. You’re qualified for making disciples because of your relationship with your creator. It’s not your job to change people, but it is your job to tell them about the greatest news that’s ever been told.
Making disciples of all nations begins with you telling just one person about who God is and what he’s done in your life. Reflect on how God has worked in your life. What has he taught you about yourself? What has he taught you about himself? How can you share that with someone? You do not have to stand up and teach a class or speak to a room full of people to share about Jesus. The more we know him, the more he naturally comes into our conversations. Talk about him over coffee, talk about him when someone asks how you are. Live like he did and people will see him. You’ve gone from fallen to free. Praise God! Now, let people see him through you.
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