If we’re going to make disciples of all nations, we first have to be disciples in a local community.
Making disciples of all nations is no small feat—2,000 years after Jesus gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), we’re still working on it. But we can’t let the size of the task overwhelm our ability to hear and receive the gift of Jesus’ parting words: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (v. 20).
Remember: Jesus’ presence with us is both the means and the end. The point of all our discipleship efforts is to become wholly united with Him. And whether we like it or not, union with Him isn’t a solitary pursuit but, rather, something that happens in community.
“Iron sharpens iron,” as Proverbs 27:17 tells us, and Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Discipleship is a lifelong journey, and it’s not one we can undertake on our own. If we’re going to make disciples of all nations, we first have to be disciples in a local community.
Think about it
• Reflect on the past month: How have you noticed God’s presence in your discipleship journey? Have friends or family played a part in your growth? What would you like to do differently?