Yesterday in church we covered the Great Commission: “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.”
The ultimate reason to ‘make disciples’ is because Jesus commands it. Yet, we who have a desire to see people ‘come to Jesus’ have our own ideas of why it is so important – of the benefits.
- Some people want to see others come to know Jesus so they can be changed. For example, some people suffering from addictions can really break the chains of addiction through a relationship with Jesus.
- Some people want to see others come to know Jesus so they can have some hope. People who are without hope can find hope in Jesus.
- Some people want to see others come to know Jesus so they can find self-worth. If people could only see themselves through Jesus’ eyes, they would not be so down on themselves.
- Some people want to see others come to know Jesus so they can see their family life saved. Jesus can heal relationships.
- Some people want to see others come to know Jesus quite frankly so people don’t go to hell.
Jesus calls us to make disciples. The benefits that we have experienced ourselves may help us to work Jesus into conversations. The perceived need we see in others may help us work Jesus into conversations.
In my opinion, the main question that covers it all is, “What do people do without Jesus?” If we talk to someone about Him, we are doing them a favor. And we will have no regrets. If we pass up an opportunity to tell others how we became and how they can become His disciple, we do often end up with regret.
And if you don’t think Jesus makes a difference in your life, I believe you either don’t know Him or don’t know Him well enough.