July 30, 2015

Jesus and His Disciples: Clear Guidance

Matthew 28:18-20

“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.”

—  Matthew 28:19-20

Mentors help by providing a clear vision for the mission ahead.

At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus gave his disciples clear instructions. They were to make disciples throughout all the nations, baptizing and teaching wherever they went.

These echo the instructions given in Deuteronomy 6:4-7. The Israelites were instructed to love God above all, to obey his commands, and to talk about him in all they did each day so that their children and others would come to know God.

Our expression of faith is not only vertical, worshiping God alone, but also horizontal, showing God to everyone around us. Our faith is meant to be shared so that others can worship God. This is our mission.

We overflow with what we love. Everyone sees our priorities—they spill out in plain view. Are we so filled with God’s love and grace that we positively drip with it? Our very shoes are squishy with the gifts of God. In our going about, is God’s love spilling over to the people whom God has placed around us?

God has done great things for each of us. You have a story of God’s faithfulness. Have you shared it? Who needs to hear your words of testimony?

Father, make us disciple makers. May we always overflow with your grace to those around us. In Jesus’ name we pray, by your Spirit. Amen.

About the author — Steven and Deb Koster

Steven and Deb Koster have a passion for marriages, families, and spiritual growth in the home. Both are ordained ministers in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven formerly served as editor of Today and director of ReFrame's English-language outreach. Deb leads Family Fire, ReFrame’s family ministry at FamilyFire.com and on Facebook. The Kosters have three children.

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