The Cost of the Call

Read Matthew 28:16-20

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 all that I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

Could you imagine becoming a member of a prestigious family and immediately being tasked with the roles and responsibilities that come along with the name? Bearing a title that requires you to fulfill certain expectations can create inner tension especially if you feel as though you have to do it all yourself. However, once you discover you don’t have to do it all alone, the promise of help becomes reassuring enough to keep you going.

In the book of Matthew chapter 28, Jesus gives His disciples an order known as “the Great Commission”.  Originally called and chosen by the Lord (Luke 6:13), Jesus delegates specific tasks to the twelve during their time serving directly under Him. Following His death and resurrection, Jesus admonishes the disciples to continue His earthly ministry even in His physical absence. Essentially, the disciples are left with a set of expectations and standards to meet because of the title they have been given. To this end, these roles and responsibilities are to endure throughout the lifetime of anyone called a disciple.

As believers, we too have been called and chosen to be adopted into a new spiritual family (Ephesians 1:5). Most people have not been able to choose their name or the family they were born into. And with that, many are left unable to erase the standards attached to their weighty family titles. But, when Jesus chose us He made the ultimate transaction, paying the cost of the call so that we could bear new names. What is more, He covered the balance of our sins in exchange for sonship through salvation.

Since the cost of the call has been covered, we are enabled to go out into all the world with the gospel as His disciples. So be encouraged and know that nothing has the power to stop you from carrying out “The Great Commission”. Rather, you have been given the power to fulfill the call on your life and meet the expectations and standards of your God-given role.

And, should you ever feel like you are in over your head, remember with Jesus you have the promise of His presence and the ability to accomplish everything He has called you to do. Thanks to the cost of the call, you have the affirmation that you’ve been called, you’ve been chosen, and you’ve been commissioned.

Reflection: How has the cost of the call transformed your outlook as a disciple? How did your name or title change due to the cross?

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your ultimate sacrifice in Your Son Jesus at Calvary. I thank You for the finished work of the cross in my life. I thank You for covering the cost of the call for me and others forever. Because of Jesus I can and I will walk in the fullness of my identity and in freedom. I thank You and worship You for this privilege. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Deborah Nimoh