“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…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The action verb, the basic commandment, is to “make disciples.” A disciple is a committed follower, a willing student, one who has surrendered his or her life fully to Jesus. Jesus gives us a two-part tasking for the Church. The first task is to proclaim Jesus that others might become disciples. Their commitment is symbolized by their baptism. The second task is to teach/learn obedience to Jesus. Simply, we are to do both – reach people for Jesus that they might choose to follow Him, and then to transform them into followers who are actually following in obedience to Him. We do quite a lot of things as a church. It is good to be reminded of the main thing.
Have you fully committed to reaching people for Jesus? Are you learning/teaching obedience to Jesus?