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The Mandate: Go Make Disciples.

Day 32
Verse of the day.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:19

After the resurrection, Jesus instructed his disciples to meet Him in Galilee so He could address them prior to His ascension. The Jewish elders, seeing the empty tomb paid the soldiers to spread rumours that Jesus didn’t rise up and that His body was stolen. This could have deterred anyone, but the disciples were unfazed and went to Galilee.

Go make disciples of all nations.

Jesus gave them a mandate. Looking introspectively, the disciples could only carry it out if they were and knew better than the world, right? This easily explains being in the world but not of it, (John 17:16). You need to be better and know better than the world -especially in God’s eyes – else what do you have to offer?

The disciples had grown apart from the darkness of the world into the light of God. They lived in the world but were not conformed to its standards. In making disciples, our duty is to bring unbelievers to the knowledge of God through our actions and lives by the Grace of the God in us.


Related:  Being Led By God’s Light

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

After teaching the Gospel as it is, it is important that they are brought out of the world to stay out of the world despite living in the world. Like Jesus, any new follower of His will still exist in these times, interact with the sinning world, but they are not to return to their old ways. One important step in this direction is Baptism. Baptism is not just an exercise of dipping in water, and confessing ‘dead to sin, alive to Christ,’ because salvation isn’t achieved by words alone. Baptism is an immersion into the person and body of Christ through the daily renewal of our souls.

Our mandate is not an easy task but it is what God demands. We need to trust the Holy Spirit to make the seed remain, but we need to plant it in someone’s life by taking that first step of bringing the good news to them. Let someone know Jesus loves them.


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Today’s Prayer

Father, by the working of Your Spirit, I will bring the Good news of Jesus to the dying world around me, and bring the world into You, Amen.

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4 thoughts on “The Mandate: Go Make Disciples.

  1. Tomi, your post today, it speaks to me in so many ways. I’ve had to read, slow down, read, slow down, just to take it all in. I seem to be running late for church. So maybe, I’ll save my intended comments for later (say when I return), then I’ll read again, then comment.

    I’m glad I follow AWE as much as I do.

    Thanks for being a blessing to not just me, I’m sure.

    1. So I returned after many days, and the truth still remains. I was immensely blessed by this. Oladayo highlighted this line that stood out for me:

      “Baptism is not just an exercise of dipping in water, and confessing ‘dead to sin, alive to Christ,’ because salvation isn’t achieved by words alone. Baptism is an immersion into the person and body of Christ through the daily renewal of our souls.”

      This baptism into the person of God is everything; birthing the evidence of our union with Him.

  2. “Baptism is an immersion into the person and body of Christ through the daily renewal of our souls.” This is resonates with me so much. It is not a surface thing or an information sharing but a baptism that only the Holy Spirit can do. This makes me want to rely on Him more…for others and for my life.

    Thanks for this, Tomi.

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