In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
December 1-2, 2007 – Vision for Believers – Matthew 28:16-20
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
People often have bright dreams for their lives. Some aim for a high-powered career or financial success. Others think about making close friendships or impacting the world.
But regardless of our personal human goals, the Lord has cast a vision for all of His children. In the Great Commission, He says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
What does it mean, to “make disciples”? Some Christians think this refers to adding new church members and growing the size of the congregation. But God isn’t interested in numbers or external appearances; He’s concerned about genuine heart change. So He asks His followers to lead others, first to saving faith in Jesus Christ and then to the next step, baptism. This is a public declaration of their trust in the Savior.
Once Jesus shared these objectives, most of the disciples spent the rest of their days fulfilling them. In fact, almost every one gave his life to accomplish them.
This command hasn’t changed. God still expects us, His children, to share the good news of the gospel. He wants us to teach people how to be followers of Jesus Christ, and to baptize those who are saved.
Are you living with God’s purpose as your guide? Ask Him for opportunities and the courage to share His message of hope and love.
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