On Sunday 28th October, I got the opportunity to preach in St John’s, Crumlin and St. Aiden’s, Glenavy. As well as sharing about the work of Crumlin Youth For Christ, I challenged both congregations to live out the Great Commission in their everyday lives. To take the very fragrance of Jesus with them into their day to day situations and relationships with those around them, to create disciples as we go.
We need to be intimately concerned about friends, family members, members of the community and where they will spend eternity. Francis Chan says, ‘If we are going to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, we should be making disciples. But most Christians today are not known for making disciples. We have developed a culture where a minister ministers and the rest of us sit back and enjoy “church” from a comfortable distance. This is not what God intends for His church. Every Christian is called by God to minister. You are called to make disciples.’
Therefore, what we read in Matthew 28 is not just a Great Suggestion, it’s a direct command and a Great Commission. These particular words of Jesus carry added significance because of their timing. These are Jesus’ last words to his disciples. Last words are important words. If we knew we were saying our last goodbye to our friends or our family, we would choose our words carefully and as listeners, we would pay particular attention to the parting words of someone we loved and cared about! That raises the question – do we love Christ enough to listen to His command and then to GO and put it into ACTION?
The word ‘Go’ which Jesus uses here translates to ‘as you go.’ That means, in your day by day living – make disciples. As you go to work, as you go to school, as you go home, as you go about your day, as you go – make disciples of all nations. God calls us to live lives that are radically different from the culture of the world. We are told in Matthew 5:14 that we are light in the darkness of this world. Meanwhile, Paul gives us the image in 2 Corinthians 2:15 that ‘we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.’ As we go about our everyday lives we take Jesus with us. We are called to live in such a way that others notice something different about us – JESUS! Are you living out your faith in a way that creates disciples as you go?
At Crumlin Youth For Christ, we seek to develop deep relationships with local young people so that we can journey with them and demonstrate the very love of Christ by living out our faith. Would you partner with us by: volunteering, praying or giving financially?