DAY FIFTY-TWO - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE PEOPLE
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The words of our main reading today are very familiar. We know them well. We’ve even named Jesus’ instruction here “the great commission”. Exactly what does this commission comprise? To multiply the image of God.
The reason the family unit is the perfect place in which to multiply the image of God is because of the amount of time spent together and the great measure of influence parents have on their children. But we are not limited to the biological family in our multiplication call.
Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations! That means no matter where you go – whether that’s in your day to day life or when you go on a special mission to a different nation – something you do or say should be multiplying the image of God. Whether you’re in line at the grocery store, having your nails done, or at a braai with friends – both the opportunity and the call to multiply the image of God is present. Being a disciple merely means being a disciplined follower – and just as we learnt yesterday – this means to teach someone else all the things that Jesus taught.
Where do you spend most of the hours of your day? For most people the answer to this question is ‘at work’. Are you making disciples at your work place? Are you exercising dominion there in such a way that the light of Jesus is obvious? Have you asked the Holy Spirit to show you who is ‘ripe’ for the picking?
Every believer should be ready to disciple someone else with absolute confidence. Every believer should know what they believe and how to teach it to someone else. If you’re not quite there yet I challenge you to go to your church, God’s equipping house, to become more confident in your endeavour to make disciples.
Lord I take up this call on my life to make disciples and multiply Your image on earth. I know that this call is for me. I choose today to obey Your word and share my faith with those around me.
For The Family
Discuss with your family ways in which to make disciples in their “circle of influence”. Talk about friendships, schools and extra curricular activities that they are involved in and the opportunities to share. Role play with each other to build confidence and challenge each other with potential questions.
Have a look at the Childrens' curriculums that Kings Cross offers and look at doing one of the courses with your children.
Take up the "each one, reach one" challenge – hold each other in your family accountable to disciple one person for the year. Remember – a disciple “follows” you.