The emphasis in Matthew 28:19-20 is not GO. The emphasis is MAKE. We are to MAKE disciples. Sometimes that will mean going to a far off land… and sometimes that will mean going to the store. Sometimes that will mean going across an ocean… and sometimes that will mean going across the street. The point, Jesus says, is that as we are going, we are supposed to MAKE Jesus Followers. Anywhere, everywhere, all the time, whenever you are breathing and stepping and blinking, we are to MAKE countless numbers of others see and embrace Jesus Christ.
MAKE does not mean force. MAKE does not mean manipulate. MAKE means craft, mold, shape, try, create. Literally it can mean "to cause to happen". Too often, we don’t try to cause something to happen. Too often we sit on our tuffet. Rather than causing something to exist or to occur, rather than laying out or constructing, rather than bringing something into being, rather than framing or formulating, rather than putting together components or assembling materials, rather than producing as a result of action, effort or behavior… too often we sit. If we love Jesus and want to obey, MAKE we must.
I’m so thankful that some people in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, some 28 years ago, were MAKERS. As they were going about their lives, they constructed and assembled and laid out and framed for my dad. And you know what, my dad was MADE into a Jesus Follower. And as I watched my dad being formed, I was MADE too.
So now, for the last 28 years, I have been trying to MAKE for my master.
I’m hoping some of you who read this blog wouldn’t mind sharing how you were MADE into a follower of Jesus. Or share a great example where you saw someone MADE. Please leave comments below so that we all can be encouraged!