S (Scripture) – Matthew 28:16-20 “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” NASB
“Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.'” The Message
O (Observation) – Lord, You have completely transformed the hearts and lives of those who have truly encountered You. It is impossible to experience Your presence, forgiveness, and Your heart and remain the same. We experience grace for our pasts (forgiveness), grace for our present (empowerment by Your Spirit), and grace for our future (eternal life with You). During our time on earth, You are growing us, developing us, and preparing us for eternity in Your presence. How is it possible to keep something so transformative a secret from those around us who are lost and broken? People in our immediate spheres of influence and around the world are desperate for answers to life’s questions that only Jesus can answer.
A (Application) – When we go and train those we meet in Your way of life, we are not teaching rules to follow; rather, we are helping the created understand how to restore fellowship with the Creator. We are helping men and women make sense of this dysfunctional world with the truth of Your word. We are helping families put together the broken pieces of their lives by understanding Your principles and living out Your design by Your grace and Your Spirit. No one is born having all of this figured out. Your word is amazing, inerrant, and has everything we need to know in there, but You use Your children to help other children understand and apply Your truth to their unique situations. We don’t all need to go on a mission trip around the world to disciple others – we merely need to look around us and ask who it is that You have for us right here and now. Within our own families, neighborhoods, workplaces, children’s organizations, ladies groups, etc. are so many people that we have relationships with already – who can we go deeper with, mentor, train, develop, pray for and with, and instruct?
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, You’ve called us to “go,” not sit. You’ve called us to train, not mindlessly watch television for hours a day. You’ve promised to be with us as we instruct, and not asked us to come up with our own curriculum. Our agenda is Your kingdom agenda, and our training material is Your word. So many people open their bibles and just have no clue where to start; they give up before they even get through one chapter – it can seem so overwhelming. Show us those people, Lord. Show us the people You have placed in our lives for such a time as this for us to come alongside and partner with You for their growth and maturity. Thank You for Your promise to be with us always, and may we never rely on our own strength to do Your work.