Go and Make Disciples of All Nations
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
After Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection on the third day, He met with His disciples and instructed them to go and make disciples of all nations. What does it mean to make disciples of all nations? Making disciples of all nations mean evangelizing to people of all walks of life to be followers of Jesus Christ. This includes making sure they know that Jesus died on the cross to take away all their sins. The four spiritual laws (http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/default.htm), can act as a guide on the process and are as follows:
1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally.
2. Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.
3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God’s love.
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
After evangelism, follow-up is important, in my opinion. Some of the tools for follow-up may include giving young Christians a Bible, taking them to church and introducing them to people at church, or taking them under your wings to teach them about the Word of God. There are many other ways to disciple a young Christian.
When I was a young Christian, in my journey with the Lord, I was fortunate to have a mature couple disciple me. I can tell you that it kept me on my walk with Christ as they were able to answer questions I have regarding the Bible. They would advise and counsel me on life issues based on the Word of God. It was a great experience for me.
Heidi Baker, a missionary in Mozambique, knows about the principle of “go and make disciples of all nations.” She runs a ministry that takes care of orphaned and abandoned children. She also teaches them the Word of God. And many of these young children grew up to be pastors of the churches that were planted in Mozambique.
Heidi exemplifies Christ by stopping for the one. Her quote: “I believe that Jesus would have given His life for just one person. Jesus emptied Himself, He humbled Himself and He so yielded Himself to His Father’s love that He had no ambition of His own. He was not looking to build an empire, He did not want praise or adulation or to impress people with who or how many followed Him. He stopped over and over again for just one person, for just one life.” (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11872.Heidi_Baker)
I encourage you that no matter where you are, stop for the one. Whether you are in America, Asia, Africa or another continent, you can make disciples of all nations. You do not have to travel to another country to make disciples of all nations. You can reach out to neighbors in your own backyard. But if your calling is to the nations, by all means, obey the Lord.