In Robert Coleman’s book The Master Plan of Evangelism we find some answers to this question.
1. Consecration – “Jesus expected the men He was with to obey Him. They were not required to be smart, but they had to be loyal.”
Application: Is there someone in your life that you are trying to lead on to spiritual maturity? If so how loyal is this man/woman to Christ? Are they obedient to what He asks of them? When they learn something that should change their life do they allow for the change or are they stubborn in their disobedience?
Jesus was not a hypocrite to what He expected of His disciples. Jesus lived His entire life loyal, and under subjection to the Father’s will. He even said the will of the Father was His meat!
“A father must teach his children to obey him if he expects them to be like him.” – Coleman
2. Impartation – In John 17:18,19 – “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
The word sanctify as Mr. Coleman points out does not refer to a cleansing, for Jesus was completely pure. Instead it referred to “a setting apart.” Jesus was set apart, committed, to the task for which He was sent to earth.
His dedication to this cause was not for His sake but for the sake of others. Through His commitment to God, Jesus was imparting Himself to the disciples. They were able to see firsthand how one was to live and be committed toward the task of the great commission.
Jesus knowing that He would be leaving soon promised His disciples a comforter. This would actually leave them better off. You see they went have having Jesus with them to having Jesus in them!!!
Application: We must seek to impart Jesus to people. First through the preaching of the gospel but then by helping them to know Him and teach them how to allow the Spirit of God to rule and lead in their lives.
There are many other things that Jesus imparted and expected of His disciples but we will get to those later on.
For now, I would recommend you go and buy a copy of the book The Master Plan of Evangelim by Robert Coleman.