“Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20
The Lord Jesus with these words commissioned His disciples to go to all nations. They are to be made followers and students of the Lord Jesus.
Repentance brings people into the kingdom of God and a disciple of the Lord Jesus. They are then to be baptised, which puts the sign of this relationship upon them.
They are baptised with the rights, privileges and power of the Godhead. All that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have belongs to those who are identified with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. Water baptism is obviously not meant for infants because they cannot agree to observe all the things He commands.
We are to go in obedience to His command. This is not a great omission but a commission by the head of the church to take the good news of the kingdom of God worldwide in the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot draw back and be disobedient, but we must do our part in fulfilling His commission.
This great commission of the Lord Jesus has never been retracted or changed and is still valid until He returns. The question, which we need to ask ourselves today, “Is what am I personally doing in obedience to His commission which applies to all His followers and to me individually?”
Dear God and Father, thank You again today for impressing upon me the need of obeying this great commission. By Your help I will endeavour, as much as it is within my power, to do as You have commanded.