Cleaning the Fish – Tools Needed
The Commands – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Key Verse: Matthew 28:20
…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Most of us know our passage of scripture for today as the “Great Commission.” Jesus’ last words to His disciples were words of commissioning: Go make disciples. This is what Jesus envisioned when He first called these same disciples to follow Him and become fishers of men. Once a person is “caught” by the love of Christ and wants to be a follower, there needs to be a “cleaning.” When we catch fish to eat, we clean them first. So it is with people who say yes to the invitation to follow Jesus—they must be cleaned.
In our scripture Jesus points to the most important tool we use to clean “fish”: His commands. Jesus told His followers to “teach new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” This is how everyone who wants to be a follower of Christ becomes a new creation! Our tool for cleaning is the very words of Jesus.
The New Testament represents the “commands” of Jesus. God used not only Jesus’ actual words but inspired the apostles to write of His commands. One might say the writers of the New Testament reported Jesus’ commands and gave inspired commentary on how to apply them to daily living! As believers apply Jesus’ teachings to their lives, they are cleansed from sinful ways.
Father, I believe in you and your instructions for my daily life. I will live them out today. In Jesus’ name, amen.