Devotions for March 10, 2017

MATTHEW 28:16-20

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

Earlier in Matthew, he compares a disciple to a lamp, which is left uncovered to bring light to the whole room. In John’s gospel, Jesus calls Himself “the Light of the world.” In the New Testament, we see God’s promises to Abraham coming to its full purpose in Jesus and His final commands to His disciples.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What are the two things we are to do as we make disciples of all nations?

Q: Do you feel like a lamp, illuminating the truth of Jesus to the nations? Thankfully, emotions have nothing to do with it, but an Abraham-like faith in God’s power. How does your perspective need to change regarding your purpose on earth?

Q: The nations need the Gospel. They need Jesus in the darkest of corners. Pray today for God to increase your faith, love, and joy as you venture to bring God to the world.

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