Did you see the news yesterday, that the Super Bowl grounds crew accidentally painted both end zones with the Broncos logo? It is humorously reminiscent of the Snicker’s commercial where the grounds man meticulously painted “Chefs” instead of “Chiefs” for Kansas City. “You had one job”, the meme goes today.
Do you ever stop to think, as a Christian what is my “one job”? We are all unique individuals, God has made some of us to be mothers, some fathers, some political leaders, some pastors. We all have a variety of roles and hats that we will wear throughout our lifetimes. But is there one overarching drive or job that we have?
To consider this question, we must look directly to Scripture. We know that Jesus did not come to abolish the Old Testament Law, but He taught us grace and love, so did He give us any commands? Scholars have actually counted up over fifty direct commands that Jesus gave. They also have counted 1,050 direct commands given in the New Testament as a whole!
The vast majority of the instructions and commands that Jesus gave during His lifetime on Earth are directly related to how one is to act and feel as a Christian. How to be a disciple. Jesus entered the world in a time where Jews had the Law of God, and were following it – and had even added to it – out of a heart of legalism and pride. The pious kept the Law well and judged everyone who kept it poorly. But Jesus came in to teach them that they had missed the entire premise of God’s commandments, and that was love. It was love for God that was to compel them to obey the rest of the Law. When He was confronted as to which of the Laws was the greatest, His response was:
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'”. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
– Matt 22.37-40
Sometimes we forget that these are direct quotes from the Old Testament, Mosaic Law. You can find them in Deuteronomy 6 and Leviticus 19. Jesus did not introduce a new teaching here, He simply stated that the entire premise of being a Christian is to love God, and by that love be driven to love our neighbors and obey the rest of His commands. The rest of the commandments Jesus gives are similar to the rest of the commandments of the Old Testament: they are instructions for how our love should be enacted.
The culmination of those commandments are Jesus’ final words, the Great Commission.
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.”
– Matt 28.18-20
As with the rest of the commands, the Great Commission is indicative of how a disciple should act, and it should be driven by love for God. However, unlike other commands, it is our appointed job – if you will. It is the climax of all the other commands. Once we have met Jesus, repented of our sins, learned to be a disciple by walking in love and obedience to Him, we must replicate ourselves. We must turn around and teach others what we have learned. It is the circle of the Christian life. Part of being a disciple is making disciples.
Now, we all have different personalities and different strengths. We will not all make disciples in exactly the same way. Some of us will teach Bible studies. Some of us will mentor young believers one-on-one. Some of us will be preachers who proclaim the Gospel to the masses. Mission boards even send out missionaries who are in “support” roles – meaning they handle paperwork, housing, finances and the like. These people, while their primary role is not Church planting, however, are not off the hook in sharing the Gospel and making disciples personally. Whatever fills up your heart will be that which comes out. If you can have a conversation, and if you love Jesus, then you not only should, but naturally will talk about Him.
We often put an emphasis on people’s dying words, or parting words. You can read numerous articles on villains’ final words upon execution, or heroes final words on their death beds. Jesus’ dying words were indeed profound, but His final words to us as He returned to Heaven and left us on Earth are life altering. Go, make disciples of all nations. When you meet Jesus face to face, if He were to ask you “Did you go make disciples of all nations?” what would you say? Now, obviously, God knows everything and will not have to ask us for an account of our activities. But perhaps His question will be, “Why did you not go?” What will our answer be then? I was too busy? Too afraid? I had to make money, raise a family, or buy that big house?
Part of discipleship is making disciples. Charles Spurgeon ominously stated,
“The great question is not, ‘Will not the heathen be saved if we do not send them the gospel?’ but ‘Are we saved ourselves if we do not send them the gospel?'”
Let’s step back and consider our lives in light of this reality. Jesus gave us a very clear final command. How are we doing in obedience to it? Are we ready to give an account of your obedience to Him? When we examine the whole of our lives in light of this command, what do we see? Let’s be disciples. Let’s make disciples. We have one job, let’s get busy about doing it.