There’s No Omission in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
Matthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
In March 2003, Christian Ambaye was arrested for "Christian proselytizing" and detained in a crowded jail cell for twenty weeks. Ambaye had left his home in Eritrea in 1988 to seek employment as a tailor in Saudi Arabia. While jailed, he said his detention in the crowded cell provided an opportunity to share his faith with other prisoners awaiting deportation. He estimated he had explained the gospel to 600 of his cellmates during the 20 weeks he was detained. Ambaye said that 42 of the prisoners indicated they wanted to become Christians. In August 2003, Ambaye was deported for his crime. He said: "I felt that Jesus Christ was with me in the jail and now I know Him so much better. Everyone knew my crime was being a preacher of Christianity." Even as he was being deported, he was able to witness for Christ. Ambaye said his guards at the airport told curious inquirers, including the airline ticket agent, that he was a "preacher of Christianity" who was being deported for violating laws against proselytizing.
Just before Jesus finished His earthly mission, He clearly outlined His mission for His followers. We need to be disciples. Disciples are people whose lives who are filled with Christ. Disciples are those who hear, understand, and obey His teaching. Part of the fullness of Christ is the actual responsibility of sharing that fullness of life with others. We need to be disciples making disciples. In understanding the entirety of His authority, we come to understand our responsibility to that authority, which is "Go therefore." It is not a matter of debate or discussion. The Great Commission is a command, not a “Great Suggestion.” It is ultimately a matter of obedience. We need to come before Him and ask,” What would You have me to do in light of Your Great Commission?”
Every Christian needs to let others know that Jesus Christ came into the world to bring salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. We have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of God's plan and program that has eternal value. That is where we need to put our attention and focus. May we find and obey the task that He has called us to do.
Points to Ponder:
We need to be people whose lives are filled with Christ.
As His disciples, we need to make other disciples.
Jesus Christ is looking for disciples, not names on church rolls or decision cards.
Questions to Consider:
What are you doing to take part in the work of spreading the message of Christ to the world?
How are you involved in making disciples?
PRAYER: Father, help me to become a more disciplined laborer in the field. I submit my availability to Your authority. May Your Holy Spirit guide me to souls who are open to receive Your truth. Help me to bring forth lasting fruit for pleasure and glory. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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