The Great Commission is Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples—to us, and yet many are confused by the Commission’s call to “go”. Go where? Is Jesus saying we’re all to travel around the world on mission? Do I have to go somewhere to be obedient to Christ’s instruction? Not necessarily. In Matthew 28, the word “go” is not an imperative verb. “Go” is a participial form in Greek and should be translated “while you go”, or “in your going”, or “as you go.” It is the context of the main verb in the passage. Jesus was addressing a mobile company. They were always on the go, always traveling. The mobility of the New Testament is the background for the making of disciples. What Jesus is saying is that wherever you go — home, school, work, or play — you are to intentionally share Jesus with those God puts around you “AS YOU GO”.
Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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 everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)