“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
These words of Jesus was just before He went to heaven. He left us with this mandate. A mandate is the authority to carry out a policy or course of action. Jesus tells us that He had been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Then He is telling us that we have that authority because we are His disciples. Then what is the mandate of the church. To make disciples. That seems like a simple thing to do. The problem is to make disciples we must get out of the way and allow God to work through us. The Holy Spirit in us is not a lake; it is a river and we must allow that river to flow through us to others. Everything that Jesus did here on earth He did with God flowing through Him. Jesus emptied Himself so that God could flow. This is what we must do in order to fulfill our mandate. We have to empty ourselves so that it is not us doing the work, but the work is God. The word “I” gets in the way too many times in the church. We want to feel important and think that we are in control. When to be honest, we have no control over making disciples. Making disciples are the work of God and the Holy Spirit. If we are to look like the early church, we must get about the business of making disciples.