Sometimes life is hard.
Picture this: Jesus has carried out His ministry on earth. He has carried the cross up to Calvary where He would die for our sins. And then on the third day, He rose again. Everything He foresaw and everything He prophesied had come true. Can you imagine how excited His followers were? Can you imagine the relief that came in knowing their friend, Jesus, was right? Can you imagine the joy that came in knowing that Jesus, through His death and resurrection, had made all things right?
If that had been us, we would have wanted to tell everyone the good news that Jesus had died and rose again. We would have wanted to shout it from the mountain tops that Jesus, our Lord, is alive! He lives! Sin tried to take its best swing at Him, but Jesus has defeated the grave. We are free from sin and from death because He lives and because we believe in Him. Wouldn’t you want to shout that too?
The great news, in fact, the gospel is that this truth still remains true today. He lives, and we are free because we believe in Him. Part of Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples before He ascended to be with the Father can be found in Matthew 28:19-20, “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 [f]always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus calls us to go out and make disciples. We are called to spread the good news of Jesus, of His life, death and resurrection and the freedom that gives to those who believe in Him. What does that look like? How can you share this good news with others?
It can start by how you live. Living a life of authenticity and love can be a great sign of following Jesus. More so, Jesus’ command to go and make disciples is a verb. It’s a call to action that brings us out of complacency and into discomfort or unfamiliar territory. Jesus has called us to tell others about Him and all that His death and resurrection has accomplished for us. Sometimes that’s hard! Sometimes it’s difficult or uncomfortable to talk about Jesus. It’s not always popular and not always cool. But why would you deny someone the opportunity to know the love and salvation that comes from knowing and accepting Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior?
Everyone should have the chance to know the love, acceptance, joy and comfort that comes from having a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father. In fact, living the Kanakuk “I’m Third” way means caring more about others’ salvation than your cool points or what others may think of you. Living “I’m Third” means putting others before yourself and pointing them to Jesus.
Today, we challenge you to GO and make disciples because Jesus is worth it and those around you deserve the chance to know Him.