2013 Global Staff Conference- Morning, Day 5: Glorifying God by Following Hard After Jesus (Matt Chandler)

Matthew 28:17-20:

17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus says that “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.  After this, it doesn’t matter what he says, because he can say anything and it will happen. Then he charges his followers to  “go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” He shows his sovereignty alongside the great commision. So we can know, without a doubt, that he is both for this and with us always.

But this will not play out the same way in every life. We are not called to be the next anyone. He’s already done that. He needs you to be you, because he has created each of his children in a unique way. And not only are you unique, but so is your position in the world.  Uniquely wired and uniquely placed for what purpose? For making disciples with the authority of Jesus Christ.

And remember:

God saves among the uninterested.
God saves among the religious.
God saves among the nations.

So don’t lose heart. Keep pleading with the Lord to save. You may be the one who waters. You may be the one to plant. And it may take years to see fruit. But his arms are not too short to save (Isaiah 59:1). Go hard after Jesus because he has promised to save and draw from every tongue, tribe, and nation (Gen 22:18, Rev 7:9).

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