Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples. Matthew 28:19 gnt
Driving through a low-income area near his church, Colorado pastor Chad Graham started praying for his “neighbors.” When he noticed a small laundromat, he stopped to take a look inside and found it filled with customers. One asked Graham for a spare coin to operate the clothes dryer. That small request inspired a weekly “Laundry Day” sponsored by Graham’s church. Members donate coins and soap to the laundromat, pray with customers, and support the owner of the laundry facility.
Their neighborhood outreach, which dares to include a laundromat, reflects Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples. As He said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18–19 gnt).
His Holy Spirit’s powerful presence enables “everywhere” outreach, including even a laundromat. Indeed, we don’t go alone. As Jesus promised, “I will be with you always, to the end of the age” (v. 20 gnt).
Pastor Chad experienced that truth after praying at the laundromat for a customer named Jeff who is battling cancer. As Chad reported, “When we opened our eyes, every customer in the room was praying with us, hands stretched out toward Jeff. It was one of the most sacred moments I have experienced as a pastor.”
The lesson? Let’s go everywhere to proclaim Christ.
Where can you go in your neighborhood today to proclaim Christ? How could His powerful presence enable you?
Jesus, enable me to proclaim Your good news today—everywhere.
Jesus’ command to His disciples to go and make more disciples (Matthew 28:19) is commonly known as the Great Commission. But tucked in the middle of this scene is a phrase that generally gets little attention. When the disciples met Jesus on the mountain, they responded in worship. Then the text says, “but some doubted” (v. 17). Some commentators suggest there were others in attendance further away, and they were the “some” who doubted. But what did they doubt?
The word translated “doubted” is the Greek word edistasan. Matthew is the only New Testament writer to use this word (it’s also found in 14:31, where it’s translated “doubt”). This word can mean to waver, doubt, or hesitate. It may be that “hesitate” is a better translation. Perhaps the response of those further away from where Jesus was teaching (those on the outskirts who’d perhaps not yet seen the risen Christ) was hesitant and not an immediate response of worship.