Saturday, September 24, 2016

He Still Uses Vessels of Clay

Then Jesus came to them (the disciples) and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20

These were the last words Jesus spoke before his ascension into heaven. This is Matthew's account of the Great Commission, which is where Jesus gave His disciples their mission. Jesus called them to go and make disciples. He didn't make the great suggestion but the Great Commission. We too are called to make disciples of all nations. We are to go. We are to preach. We are to speak with His authority.

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go...” The word authority in the Greek means power, force, strength, and delegated influence. Jesus has delegated His authority to us for the purpose of making disciples. This does not mean that we need to have forceful personalities, but as we obey the Lord in ministering to others, we do so in His power. And that power is perfected in weakness or dependence upon Him.

We can each become effective witnesses for Christ no matter our personality type. God wants to use us to spread His word and to teach believers how to live the Christian life.

Let us remember that we – like the early disciples – have been commissioned to make new disciples. Let's ask God to make us bold for Him and through Him. He will enable us to make a difference in the lives of those around us. With God all things are possible. He still desires to use vessels of clay like you and me to touch the world.

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