S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 NLT
Note Jesus is commissioning his followers. Did you notice that Jesus didn’t say ministers or professional clergy? It is all inclusive!
In the original language, the charge “to go” means “as you go.” In other words, through our normal activities…our job, our family, our neighborhood, our shopping, in all our connections with people…we are to share the Good News and make disciples (or “followers”) of Jesus.
Matthew 28 records Jesus’ last words before leaving the earth to go back to Heaven. Surrounding this “Great Commission” is some very great and precious promises, namely that Jesus would be present with us as we obey and make disciples. He would fulfill this through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
Have you surrendered to Jesus purposefully?
Are you surrendering to the Holy Spirit daily?
Name the places you ordinarily travel…”as you go,” who is observing your way of living?
Will they be drawn to Jesus because of you? Why or why not?
Lord, thank you for giving us great and precious promises. Thank you for inviting me to build my security on your love and acceptance of me. Help me to live a significant life by impacting those “as I go” with your good news!