The Greats

Tim Beals

READ : Matthew 28:16-20

Go . . . and make disciples of all nations. (v. 19)

Good things often come in pairs: Romeo and Juliet,peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Desi. Even the Bible has great pairs – where you can’t have one without the other – like the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), for instance.

When Jesus taught us what was most important, he told us to “love the Lord your God” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). And in his parting instructions, Jesus gave us two assignments: “make” followers of Christ and “teach” them his commands (Matthew 28:19-20).

It all starts with loving God and loving people. When we love God, we’ll love the things he loves. When we love people, we’ll recognize their eternal value. Only then can we lead others to follow our Lord and instruct them in his ways.

Jesus brought these great pairs together in his first public address recorded in Luke 4: “The Spirit of the Lord . . . has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives . . . to let the oppressed go free” (v. 18). Let’s make his mission our commission, to love God and others, and to bring his light to the dark places of the world.

PRAYER

Lord, we want to love and serve the way you do.