The level of engagement
When the disciples saw Him they worshiped Him (v.17a) This is the point at which the disciples were "all in." They are fully engaged. Recognition and acknowledgement of who Jesus is; but also the recognition of who they themselves are.
"But some doubted. . ." (v. 17b) The disciples were all in but some followers on the fringes had doubts. A true disciple is all in, will do anything to follow Jesus.
How engaged are you to the call of Christ to His mission?
Jesus recognized that the disciples were ready; He gave them the Great Commission. (vv. 19,20)
What does it mean to be fully engaged in Christ's mission?
1. Connect people with Jesus (v.19) People are hungry for a relationship with Jesus.
2. Growing in our relationship with Jesus. (v20) Christ accepts us but wants us to become more like Him.
We are called to live Holy lives.
Each person is responsible for his own spiritual development. Make self available to the means of grace provide by Jesus Christ. Spiritual growth is best nurtured in community. The scriptural imperative beginning "you" could best be interpreted "y'all." We are in this together.
3. Sending people out with the Good News. The imperative "Go." (v19) We are sent. Every disciple is called to be a missionary. The Holy Spirit will equip every disciple to actively share his faith.
Pastor Johnnie Blair