Our scripture this week is Matthew 28:16-20.
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.”
Jesus displays great trust in His disciples by leaving them to carry on His ministry. He has taken the time to teach them what they need to know about their relationship to God and the responsibility that places on them. Now it is their turn to tell the world about our wonderful Creator and the blessings He provides.
His disciples didn’t see it, but from the very beginning He had been training them to take over for Him. Everything He taught was meant to prepare them to live in God’s world and tell of His love. After He returns to the Father, they will be the voice of the kingdom, sharing the Gospel and training the next generation to continue their work.
As the disciples of today, we are now responsible for this work. It is up to us to continue to share the Good News with everyone. We must also help to train the disciples of tomorrow, who will take our place when needed. Who are you teaching to be the next disciples?
Gracious God, it is amazing how much You love and trust us, giving us the duty to share the joy of our relationship to You with all the world. Help us to be diligent in our teaching and honest in our love. Amen.