Day 14 Devotional, by Mike Vutnoski – Inspire Waimea
UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM TO MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS
Matthew 28:18-20 – 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.”
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus establishes His divine authority over heaven and earth. This proclamation isn’t just a claim; it’s a declaration of empowerment. All authority has been given to Him. He commissions His followers with a monumental task: to go forth and make disciples of all nations. This isn’t a mission based on human strength alone, but one empowered by Jesus Himself, who exemplified this very task during His earthly ministry. All we need to do is simply listen for Him and understand how to hear from Him. This all starts by spending time with Him daily and following his commandments. We are being taught daily by Jesus because of having the Holy Spirit in us. And we can rest in the secure fact that Jesus is with us always and He never will leave us. This should give us a passion and desire to reach others.
As Christians, we need to start each day in the presence of the Lord, knowing that He is with us, trusting that He has a plan, regardless of our circumstances. A huge part of that plan is to reach people with the saving knowledge of Jesus as we obey Him. He works in us, and He will always meet our needs, not necessarily our wants, but what is needed to advance the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for dwelling in us and working through us. Our heart is to reach people, make disciples and multiply leaders. Continue to remind us that Christ dwells in us and all our needs will always be met. Praise You Jesus for the work You’ve done and are going to do through this time as we press into You. In Your Son’s precious name, Amen.