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, baptizing 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.”
A life multiplied into others multiplies our joy. God created us that way.
So often though, we get stuck in addition mode. We get fixated on our individual life, needs, worries, and cares. We focus on what we can add to make ourselves feel better, to add more joy and happiness to our lives. Addition mode can quickly slip into subtraction mode, stealing our opportunities to see our life and joy multiplied.
The only reason we know about the gospel today is because of multiplication. When Jesus returned to heaven after defeating death on the cross, he told a handful of people to go tell everyone, to baptize them and pass on everything he had told them. We know about Jesus in America today because those few people with the help of the Holy Spirit took Jesus at his word and went to tell everyone they could. They told it on street corners, shouted it from balconies, traveled to towns and countries far away from their own, and risked their lives to tell everyone they could. We are only here because they decided to take Jesus at his word and multiply their lives.
They didn’t have some special calling. They had the same one we have today. Go and make disciples. The go is not concerned about the where but is about living sent.
We are only here because Jesus multiplied his life for us. He left his home in heaven to pour out his life here on earth, teaching and modeling how we are to live, pray, and know God. Jesus’ deepest joy was in multiplying his life for us, knowing that through his life, death, and resurrection we would be able to have a relationship with God. And that is the heart of multiplication. That joy of Jesus giving his life for us should be our same joy that leads us to give away our life for others to know him.
Today, ask God where He is calling you to multiply your life. Repent of the fears, cares, and distractions keeping you from having eyes for those around you. Pray for God to open your eyes to relationships and opportunities to pour out your life around you to find your greatest joy in disciple-making.