While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.  —Matthew 28:11-15

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.”

            Now which of these two narratives above makes sense to you?  Which are you believing and living by?  Not sure about you, but I will stake my life on the truth Jesus said to His disciples and not the lie the Jewish leaders monetarily bribed the guards to say!  Oh, but how many would gravitate toward the lie because they want to believe what they want to believe and do what they want to do?  To believe the first lying narrative above means life goes on as it has.  To believe the second truthful narrative means a refocus of our lives because:

  • Jesus has all authority in heaven
  • Jesus has all authority on earth
  • Jesus commands us to make disciples as we go through life
  • Jesus tells us to baptize the disciples that are made
  • Jesus tells us to teach new disciples to observe, keep, obey all He taught us
  • Jesus said He would be with us always
  • Jesus said He would be with us to the end

What we believe, what we prioritize, what we are committed to is what we invest in and are intentional about.  So the question I have is— Which of the two narratives above best describe my and your life?  Am I/are you just living life like I/you always have or has there been a refocus in my/your life and I/you am seeking to do what Jesus desires and make disciple?  Which is it?

Dear Father may I be faithfully about the command Jesus gave to make disciples.  Please forgive me of all my sin, flaws, selfishness— my desire is to be faithful.  May I be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be so!

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