Jesus’ final commandment to His church was to go in to the world and teach people to observe all that He has commanded.
And of course, included in those commandments which we are to observe is this commandment right here: The commandment to go and teach others to observe.
Notice also that Jesus does not say, “Teach the Commandments”, but, “Teach people to observe them.”
Big difference, isn’t there. You can teach a parrot the commandments but you cannot teach him to obey.
You cannot teach him to repent: You cannot teach Him to love his enemies or worship Jesus or lay up treasures in Heaven. Teaching people the Commandments is easy. Teaching people to obey them is impossible.
Both Jesus and His Disciples acknowledged this when in Matthew 19:21, the Rich Young Ruler was faced with one such command.
Jesus said to him,
“…go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
The Disciples and the rich young ruler thought that what Jesus was demanding was impossible. And Jesus agreed saying,
“With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
Notice what Jesus did for these Disciples in this exchange with the rich young ruler? He bumped man off the stage and put God at the centre. “With God, nothing is impossible.”
Our obedience is not ultimate. It’s commanded, but it is not ultimate. Jesus taught the Disciples, in Matt 5:16, what is ultimate in relation to our obedience when He said,
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Here is the ultimate goal of your obedience, as well as your means and motivation to go and teach all nations. The Glory of God.
Acknowledgement. Piper – What God Demands from the World.