Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:19)
These were Jesus’ words to his disciples at the end of his mission and ministry in this world and at the beginning of the disciples’ and our mission and ministry as the Church.
To make disciples is the responsibility of the entire Church. It is my responsibility as a pastor and your responsibility as a baptized follower of Jesus and member of Christ’s body.
To make disciples is a “forming” process that begins with the new birth of baptism and continues our entire lives as we are taught the breadth and depth of God’s word. Many Christians don’t recognize this and therefore, their formation stops at baptism, Sunday school, confirmation, even worship. To make disciples however, requires that we be formed as disciples.
Christian formation or training in discipleship doesn’t need to be complex. Our formation begins and launches every day as we remember our baptism.
Every morning, one of the first things I do is go to the sink, run water and splash my face three times saying, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Every day you and I can recall in no uncertain terms that we are God’s claimed, named and forgiven children through our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).
So form your day by allowing these words of God (Matthew 28:19) to form your identity, mission and ministry for today.