Ethiopia, November 2011
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...
Matthew 28:19 NIV
I have chosen what is commonly called "The Great Commission" for my current memory verse. (Matthew 28:16-20.) Probably because it has been a theme that Priscilla Shirer has asked us to camp on in the Bible Study she wrote on Jonah.
God told Jonah to “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” Jonah 1:2
And then again “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah 3:2
And Jesus tells His disciples before His ascent into heaven to "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." Matthew 28:19-20
And I am wondering what that looks like for me...
When we read Jesus' words we may think we know what He means. Or we may choose to glance past them. Or they might stir up a sense of guilt. Or perhaps we are challenged by them. Or moved by them.goingmakingbaptizingteaching
I wonder... when I give money to missions or encourage Anthony to go to Africa (while I hold down the fort here) or when I teach those around me here in Portland (or in blogland) about Jesus... am I fulfilling The Great Commission? And so, I choose this memory verse, so that I will focus and meditate on these final words of Jesus to His disciples. Knowing that I want to be His disciple. Not just in word, but in deed.
Siesta Scripture Memory Verse #10