“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-4
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave us His final command to go and make disciples (Matthew 18:18-20). His command comes with a promise that we will receive dynamic power from the Holy Spirit to get the job done. We cannot accomplish the great commission by ourselves but only with the authority of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The apostles like us, were ordinary people, when Jesus was crucified and died, they scattered and hid but on the day of Pentecost, they received the Holy Spirit and they were filled. The became courageous and were able to accomplish the extraordinary.
When you believed and received Jesus Christ into your life, you were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). The evidence that you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit is your changed life in Christ. You are growing and becoming more and more like Christ every day and it is seen in your new life. The second evidence is your spiritual fruit. You are reproducing yourself in others by making disciples. As followers of Jesus, we live for two things: to honor and glorify God and to make Christ-committed followers.
God uses ordinary people to do His extraordinary works through
supernatural means to show His glory.
God can use anybody to do His amazing work because it is His power that will accomplish the work, anyway. In fact, He does not need anyone of us to accomplish His plan, but He gives each one of us the privilege to be part of His agenda to be workers in the harvest field.
The Encouragement and the Challenge
The great commission is not optional and non-negotiable. Every follower of Christ is commanded and empowered to make disciples. The sad truth is not all followers of Christ are making disciples. No one is exempted. There are no benchwarmers, no onlookers in the body of Christ. We cannot assume that somebody more qualified and ready, better trained and gifted, available and not busy will be able to disciple. Every follower of Jesus is given the privilege to make disciples, but if we don’t, we forfeit the privilege and miss out the fullness of joy of being part of God’s amazing work.
The Holy Spirit can penetrate whatever barrier in the heart and mind of people that prevents them from understanding the gospel. We just have to obey God’s command to go and make disciples. The Holy Spirit can use ordinary people like us, whatever circumstances we may be in, to do His amazing works. Peter and John were ordinary unschooled fishermen (Acts 4:13) but they were yielded upon the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Those who accepted their message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day of the Pentecost (Acts 2:41).
God will use all His followers without exception to get His great commission done. As soon as we become followers of Jesus, each one of us must be a discipler for Jesus. He understands our fears and limitations, but He knows us better than we know ourselves. He can use us in different extents and ways according to the plans that He has for us.
Are you a follower of Jesus? If you are, then who are following you as you follow Him?