Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. —John 17:18
They were sent to the front lines in the battle. This was to advance the cause and not to retreat. When they were sent they were expected to take ground and not to give it up. Those who sent them had great anticipation for them to succeed.
So it is with Jesus. He was sent into the world by His Father with a plan to succeed and He did accomplish all He was intended to. According to the verse above Jesus has now sent us into the world. Matthew 28:16-20 says, “Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 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.” We are to be going, making disciples wherever we are in the world, baptize them, and teach them to obey His Word. The Lord has promised to always be with us and so we are not involved in this battle alone. No, in this battle we depend on Him (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 6:10-18).
The question I have to ask myself is “Am I being obedient in making disciples? Am I going intentionally into the world system that Satan is over to share the gospel and when others come to the Lord Jesus am I intentional in helping them grow in their spiritual journey? How am I involved in that process?” How would you answer those questions?
This is a challenge for me because if I am not being obedient in these commands then I do not truly love Jesus (John 14:21). I can say “I love Jesus” all I want, but if I am not being obedient to Him then those are just empty words. May this not be the case, but may you and I faithfully be encouraging others to trust the Lord Jesus Christ and to grow up in Him. May this be so.
Dear Father, help me to be a faithful follower and be encouraging others to trust the Lord Jesus and then to mature in Him. I cannot change anyone, but You can through Your Word, through Your Son and through Your Spirit. May You be pleased to do so as You work in and through me for Your honor and glory.