When Jesus chose his disciples, he did not just choose them to be his followers but also entrusted them with certain responsibilities. These responsibilities were crucial for spreading his teachings and establishing the church. Let us take a closer look at what these responsibilities were.
The Responsibility of Preaching the Gospel
One of the primary responsibilities that Jesus gave to his disciples was to preach the gospel. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus said, “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.” This commandment is known as the Great Commission.
The Responsibility of Healing
Jesus also gave his disciples the responsibility of healing. In Matthew 10:8, he said to them, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.” This was not just a task but a demonstration of their faith in God’s power.
The Responsibility of Leadership
Jesus also entrusted his disciples with leadership responsibilities. He appointed Peter as a leader among them and said to him in Matthew 16:18-19, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church… I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
The Responsibility of Spreading Peace
Another important responsibility that Jesus gave to his disciples was to spread peace. In John 14:27 he said to them,”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
The Responsibility of Love
Lastly, Jesus gave his disciples the responsibility of love. In John 13:34-35 he said,”A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In conclusion, Jesus gave his disciples the responsibility of preaching the gospel, healing, leadership, spreading peace and love. These responsibilities were not just tasks but a way of life for his followers. As modern-day Christians, we too have a responsibility to carry on these traditions and teachings of Jesus in our lives.