“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19,20 ESV
Propagation, Jesus was for it. His message to his disciples was to go and make more disciples. To make more followers of Jesus. To create more assemblies (churches) of believers. From every nation! Jesus wanted his apostles to go and share the good news with all people. He didn’t set limitations on how far they could go or which people they could go to. Jesus wanted them all. He wanted his disciples to want to make more disciples. He wanted to propagate, or spread the good news far and wide. He wanted believers in every part of the world. He charged eleven men with this task. Talk about great expectations.
The apostle Paul caught the vision of Jesus. In Acts 26, nearing the end of his “propagation” efforts he recounts his conversion story to King Agrippa. He then says; “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” After his conversion he spent the rest of his days making disciples of all nations. Sure he wrote many letters to remind churches of their need to remain faithful and live as disciples should, but he never forgot the commission to make more disciples. He remained obedient to the heavenly vision.
Sometimes I fear we lose track of that heavenly vision of propagation, because we are so busy reminding others how they should live as disciples of Jesus. It is hard to be outward focused, when we are so inward focused. We need to find balance. There is a world of lost souls outside waiting to hear the good news. We need to bring it to them. Sowing the seed is the great commission, and heavenly vision that we are called to. If we don’t begin to focus more on propagation, we will find ourselves in stagnation. Stagnation is not a pleasant state. Just as stagnant water begins stink, so will we. The Kingdom and the Gospel must advance.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman