What do you think about when you hear the word mission? If you have a military background, you may think of a set of orders that sends you out from a base of operations. If you live in the American Southwest, you may picture a historical building constructed by Spanish monks spreading the message of Jesus. Or, maybe you think of the films where a spy is given a task which is clearly impossible, but the team still accomplishes it. The common denominator in all of these is a mission is an important task.
Jesus also gave his followers a mission. It is found in Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ (NIV)
This passage tells us our mission is to make disciples of Jesus from all nations. This involves going, which is the intentional effort to reach all nations. Disciples are made by baptizing them and teaching them to obey what Jesus commanded – which means teaching them to also make disciples. The mission is to reproduce more people discipling others.
So, how are you doing on your mission? Just remember, with Jesus, making disciples is never mission impossible!
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