Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!
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“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 28:19-20 NIV)
Before You left this earth in Your physical form, Jesus, You left this command quoted above. Your desire was for us, as we go, to be focused on making disciples (followers of You) among all ethnic groups. In today’s culture, the task of reaching another ethnic group can be as attainable as starting with one’s neighbor, since people from almost all over the world live almost all over the world. Then, again, reaching “all nations” can be as challenging as seeking out a lost tribe in the depths of the jungles of West Africa. Wherever I encounter people, THAT’s where You want me active in making disciples.
The end result of my obedience, together with the efforts of every other believer: “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb…” (7:9 NIV)
Father, remind me continually that You have me on this earth for the purpose of making disciples as I go. Every resource, gift, skill, path You supply so that I can be Your instrument in connecting people to Jesus. You have nurtured my faith so that it can encourage the faith of my family members, my friends, my coworkers, my church family members, my neighbors and the strangers on the street or across the globe.
Make me more like Jesus, Father, so that this world sees HIM when they look at me. When people encounter me and go their own way, may they love Jesus more because of our time together. Amen.