As we think about that call to be disciple making disciples Jesus knows their fears and weaknesses, and ours. But Jesus isn’t passing on the baton of his mission. He’s not saying ‘Here, it’s all on you now.’ He gives them his authority but he also promises his presence (20)“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” They aren’t going to be left alone, they’re not orphans. Jesus is inviting them to join him on his mission of bringing about his kingdom of mature Christlike disciples.
That’s why in Acts we see the ascended Jesus pour out God the Holy Spirit on his church to equip them for this commission, so that they’re not alone, but he goes with them. Acts recounts the continuing work of Jesus building his kingdom one disciple making disciple at a time through his body the church by the Spirit.
Jesus knows our fears and weaknesses and he promises us we’re not alone. He’s with us by his Spirit as we go with him on his mission with his authority to make disciple making disciples.
But perhaps you’re still thinking I can’t do it. I don’t know enough. I’m not bold enough. This call to be disciple making disciples is a call to build God’s kingdom. And do you remember how Jesus described his kingdom. Turn to Matthew 5. It’s not a kingdom full of the super able. The Kingdom belongs to the poor in Spirit, the mourning, the meek, those hungry and thirsty for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those persecuted because of righteousness. It is a kingdom of those reliant upon Jesus, those who have tasted and long for more of his righteousness and grace. That’s how we go, dependent on Jesus, relying on his Spirit to be at work. Not convinced of our own wisdom and strategy and ideas but a disciple who has found all he needs in Jesus bringing someone else to come and meet our Saviour day by day by day as we see Christ formed in them more and more.
But there’s one more thing to notice here. Another way we’re not alone. Jesus isn’t giving this commission of making disciples to individuals. To Peter separately from James, separately from Matthew. He gives it to the 11, to the church. Jesus church is the place where disciples are made, formed, taught. This is not about having one discipling relationship but many.
Disciples make disciples. We have all the authority we need. Our call is to see people hear, follow and become like Jesus. But we don’t do so alone, we do it as a church together for the glory of God.