We are SO EXCITED to announce that today is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF 818 MINISTRIES! We're absolutely blown away at what the Lord has allowed us to accomplish in one short year through the hearts of so many volunteers. We have donated 266 hats and around 30 packets are ready to go out to the next treatment center! We have also gotten to study the Word together now for a year and what a journey it has been. Thank you for being a part of it! Happy Anniversary everyone!
- Rebecca Dotson
Matthew 28:18-20, John 17: 1-5, Romans 10:15
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in Heaven and Earth has been given to me. Therefore, Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
This is a piece of Scripture we have heard time and time again. Every time I see this verse I have to sing the song that goes with it. But it’s more than a fun song for Sunday school class. It’s a call that we have as believers. What is this call and what does it really mean to be a disciple?
First, I think we need to understand the weight of the truth that ALL authority has been given to Jesus. Because of that authority He has commanded and sent us to go and make disciples. We have the highest stamp of approval for going. Through the love of God, He sent his Son into this world to make disciples, and now Jesus is sending us to the nations so share that love. (John 17:1-5)
Second, we need to understand that “being sent” looks different for everyone! Some He has called to go to other nations, while some He has called to stay closer to home. But no matter where we are at, the Lord can be using us to be a light to those around us, making His name known. Making disciples doesn't have to mean going to another country – it could mean leading a group of college women in a small group. Or it could simply mean going to work and using that platform as your ministry, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or supporting a missionary family financially. The Lord has gifted us all in different ways and He has something for each of us.
As we are called to make disciples, we need to also remember that we need to be discipled. It is so important to have someone older than you who has walked through more “life” and has wisdom to share with you. The last verse of the great commission says to “teach them to obey everything I have commanded”. We need others to call us out when we are wrong, to speak truth to us, and to encourage us. As we are discipled and poured into, we can then go and make disciples.
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.” (Romans 10:15)
No matter where your feet travel, we are being sent to share the love of Jesus to others. Pray for opportunities to be a disciple in someone’s life, and ask the Lord where He wants to send you – across the world or down the street.