I baptized my nephew yesterday. It’s a wonderful feeling to witness one of your relatives accept Christ. Many other family members came to visit Drew’s church in order to be present for this very special event.
It’s a five-hour drive from where I live to Drew’s church, so my wife and I spent the night with my parents. There I found an old photograph of Drew. He is only about a year old in the picture. It shows my mother–his grandmother–holding on to him as he appears to be trying to walk.
Drew learned to walk quite well. He went on to run cross country and play football in high school. But before he could run, he had to learn how to walk, and he needed some help along the way.
Now that he is just learning to walk with Jesus, Drew will once again need some help. Jesus says, “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.” (Matt.28:19-20).
Many churches are doing a good job of obeying the first part of Jesus’ commission. They baptize a lot of people. However, many churches are neglecting the second part of the disciple-making process—the teaching part. Dallas Willard calls this “The Great Omission”.
Let’s resolve to do a better job of teaching new believers how to obey all of Jesus’ commands. Drew and other new Christians like him are counting on it. In what way can you rise to the challenge?