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“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain, which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I’m sure we have all read this passage of scripture at some point or had it read to us in Sunday school.
It’s Jesus commissioning the twelve to go make disciples of all nations – in the authority that He had
given them. He is also talking to us! I think sometimes we forget the part in this passage about us having authority. But we do. Let’s investigate this further, shall we?
I believe we must interpret and understand the term "disciple nations" through the lens of Genesis 1:26-
29, which clearly states that we are to have dominion and subdue the earth. I call this the “cultural commission”, that every human being is made in the image of God and called to glorify God in the earth
through his or her partnership with Him. This is an amazing thing. Just take a look at God’s first act with
mankind. He placed man in the garden (Genesis 2:8). He could have stuck him anywhere on the planet
yet He chose the garden, a holy place. That’s where man first lived, moved, ate, played; you name it.
This is where he dwelled. Adam, then Eve, did it all in God’s great garden. And it was all holy unto Him.
So as believers, everything we do can and should be holy. I’m not just talking about worshiping, praying, and going to church. I ‘m talking about eating, hanging with family, or watching your favorite sports teams. It’s all to be holy unto God.
Looking back at the Great Commission, we can now understand that the chief goal of the church is to
disciple nations in the context of cultural commission. And the goal of the five-fold ministry (apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers; Ephesians 4:11) should be to equip people to disciple nations.
Just last week, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying "Properly disciple people, bring transformation in their sphere of authority". Every believer has a role in this. God gives you authority in the sphere that He has called you to operate in. It’s true. So the question I pose to you is this: Are you living and operating in the sphere of authority that He has called you to? I fully believe that God has no obligation to back us up in places of authority if He has not called us there. We need to ask ourselves if we are operating in the place that God has called us. Am I in the right career, the right college? These are the type of questions we need to be seeking answers to. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what and where your sphere of authority is. And when you find it, take dominion and authority in that area. If God has called you to it, you have authority in it.