Today in the 40 Day Devotional series, we read…
Day 37 – Obey His Marching Orders
Read Matthew 28:16-20
“Then Jesus came near and said to them, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’” Matthew 28:18 (HCSB)
In military circles, when a high-ranking officer speaks, people listen and follow directions. Our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ, has spoken and called His church to action. The Great Commission is not optional or suggestive in nature. Jesus expects His followers to obey His marching orders. Our marching orders begin at home and extend to the ends of the earth. The Great Commission is the mission mandate for every church, regardless of the church’s structure, size, or style.
In the act of going, Jesus hasn’t called His people to merely record decisions. He has commanded that His people make disciples. A disciple is a learner and follower of Christ. Is the church you serve intentional about making disciples? What is your strategy for reaching all nations? Our Commander-in-Chief refuses to send His followers into the mission field alone. He promises to always be with us.
You and I have been called to attention and given an assignment that can change lives, marriages, families, churches, and nations. Let’s not disobey our Commander-in-Chief’s marching orders!
Reflect on how you’ve responded to the Great Commission. Have you and your church treated Jesus’ command as optional or mandatory? May you allow the Lord to use you to impact the nations for His glory!