Jesus sends his disciples on a mission. A great mission to make more disciples.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
By Scotty Priest, Journey Lead Pastor
There is something about committing yourself to a healthy daily habit with each day building on the next. The Consistency Project is a great chance to do just that by reconnecting with God and studying his Word over the next month. Make a commitment to not miss a day and let’s see where God takes us!
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:16-20
One of the things that stands out to me is that when they are gathered together with the risen son of God, some “DOUBTED”. Isn’t that crazy? Isn’t that comforting? If they doubted staring at Jesus risen from the dead…I probably will have my days of doubt too.
But the main point is that Jesus is sending his disciples on a mission. A great mission to make more disciples. He wants to invite more people into his kingdom…his family. He wants us to go to the ends of the earth helping people to follow him and become like him. And he will be with us, empowering us as we go.
I am one of those disciples. I’m in the long line of believers that came as a result of those people who joined that great mission. Jesus wants me to keep that mission going. He wants me personally involved…helping one more person in my world find and follow Jesus.
“Lord, today, I pray that you lead me to people who need to know you. Lead me to people who need to know you love them and want them. Help me to be someone on a mission to make more disciples. Amen.”
Now You Try
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?
Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”
Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” confess to Him what needs to change, or ask for something that is on your heart.