Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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
Edward F. Lundwall Jr.
The Great Commission is the command of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples [the Church] to spread the Good News of salvation to all nations. It is not an option or a suggestion.
For the Christian, the Great Commission is an obligation. It is a responsibility for which we are held accountable until the Lord's return.
From His authority as the Almighty, Jesus Christ commands that we make disciples of all nations. How can we claim to be obedient if we do not use our talents, resources and church programs to make disciples?
How can we say we are making disciples if our converts do not think of themselves as disciples?
Have we succeeded in the Great Commission if those we disciple do not recognize what it means to live as disciples?
Remember that to be “commissioned” involves giving an account. It is a work which the Lord promised to prosper and He is with us always, even to the end of the age.
Related reading: Discipling With Authority; The Great Commission and Things Unwritten; The Great Commission: Amplified Translation