You may be wondering why on earth we have spent so much time on the Great Commission. The reason is that this is the aim of every follower of Jesus. If we as a church do not get this and do it, then we are missing out on our call and therefore failing to do what Jesus has blessed us to do.
The next part of this mission is, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We not only go and bring people into the community, we begin teaching them. A part of being a disciple is being a learner. We come underneath Jesus and allow him to teach us. In the gospels, Jesus is called teacher 60 times. Many that do not believe Jesus is the savior are content to acknowledge him as a good teacher but are not willing to obey his teaching. And obedience is a part of learning. Jesus is not interested in filling our minds with good ideas or morals, he wants us to obey everything he commands.
Is this arrogant of Jesus? Can he really think that everything he has to say is worthy of our obedience? He can and he should. Not only on the basis of his authority being God, which is reason enough to obey. But even more, because he knows that if we obey it will be better for us. Everything that Jesus does and commands is for our good. He is the most humble, self-sacrificing, and generous person in the universe.
There is nothing that brings Jesus more joy than when we submit to him and he gets to bless us. This requires obedience. Obedience requires submission to him. Jesus is not interested in coming alongside you and being your co-pilot. He did not purchase you with His death on the cross to only get a part of you. Or, for you to tell him what he can and cannot have or do. Jesus wants to steer the ship of your life, and you know what? It would be better if he did because he loves you and he knows what is best.
The sometimes frustrating part of this journey is that it does not end until we die or Jesus comes back. We are constantly learning and surrendering. I am all but daily reminded of a part of my life that Jesus wants to be surrendered to him. However, I have yet to surrender a part of my life to Jesus’ teaching and it not be worth it.
What has Jesus been teaching you lately? Are there areas of your life that you need to surrender to him? My encouragement is to trust him, he is always worth it!
Pastor Michael Covey
“I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16
When All Seems to Crumble
Decorations of Christmas
Colors of Christmas
The Holy Spirit Fills You
The Son Denies Himself To Give You Life
Thank the Father
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
"Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
"name of the Father and of the Son and of Holy Spirit
Of All Nations
"Go and Make"
Why Were We Created?
Spiritual Discipline of Celebration
Spiritual Discipline of Confession
Spiritual Discipline of Silence and Solitude
Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity
Spiritual Discipline of Fasting
Spiritual Discipline of Meditation
Freedom, part 3.
Freedom, part 2.
Fear, part 4.
Fear, part 3.
Fear, part 2.
Fear, part 1.
God is for you.
Hold on to the truth