“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of 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).
- 10 eager teenagers listen intently to their Scripture teacher talk about who Jesus is.
- Two Kindys sit around a small table: one prays for the salvation of the world and the other learns about a new book…the Bible.
- Six children in Year 5 suspiciously eye off their new Scripture teacher and wonder what they can get away with and will she give prizes?
- Eight bouncy Year 3/4 children engage willingly with two equally outgoing Scripture teachers who are men! How often does that happen?
That was my experience of the start of Scripture this year. It was exhausting, inspiring, demanding and rewarding, but it was a privilege to be a part of what God is doing in the schools in Katoomba.
Who has God placed in your path? Whether it’s family or friends, work colleagues or neighbours, children or seniors, we are all called to make disciples. Jesus’ promise in this passage in Matthew assures us that he is always with us. We are not alone in this call, but there is work to be done. We may have been given one person to disciple or one hundred – it doesn’t matter, people are converted one at a time as far as God’s concerned.
I was moved to hear someone recently pray for children who had come to Youth Group through Scripture, and they are still walking their journey with the Lord. So keep going!
In whatever you are doing, keep doing it. However you are sharing Jesus, keep sharing. Wherever God has placed you, keep praying, keep talking, keep loving. God is doing his work through his people.
It will be exhausting and demanding, but be inspired, be urged and hear and obey the command to be a part of the work of his kingdom.