Go. It is the last and final command of our Savior and Lord to His disciples while He was on this earth.
Chances are, we are all extremely familiar with this command. Therein lies the problem. One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a believer is this word called “familiarity.” We hear something so often and so regularly that we become immune, in a way, to this or that glorious truth or in this case, a command of Christ.
This command is The Great Commission.“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
Go. It is that simple and that hard.
God’s Word is very clear that we are ambassadors as believers. We have been given the call to proclaim the gospel. We are the ones who bear the torch of the light of the gospel. We are the ones who have been entrusted with this life-giving treasure. We are the ones who have received the cure to the death-producing disease called sin and we’ve been told to share it with others.
As I said, it is that simple and that hard.
The gospel isn’t complicated. It actually is so simple a child can understand it. I know as an almost four year-old I was able to understand the gospel. I recognized the reality that I was a sinner. I had disobeyed God’s holy law and therefore was separated from Him. I deserved Hell, yet God made a way for be to reconciled to Him. He sent Jesus to live the perfect life I could not live and die the death I deserved to die, shedding His perfect blood for my sin, paying my fine. I saw that in receiving Jesus as my Savior and Lord I would be forgiven my sins and restored to fellowship with the God of the universe as one of His children.
Sharing this truth doesn’t require seminary, a college degree or even a high-school diploma. One doesn’t even need to be able to read. Anyone who believes and I mean anyone, can share this truth. That is the simple part.
What is the hard part? Easy. It is our fear, our fear of man, of what others may say about us, fear that we will say something wrong.
Other times, it is our laziness and love of a life of ease. When one starts sharing the gospel, things tend to become uncomfortable. The gospel isn’t cool to share in today’s society. In some places, it will get you imprisoned…or worse.
There are many other reasons, but our love of comfort and fear of others are truly the only two reasons worth mentioning in regards to this lack of gospel sharing.
Yet, we don’t have the option of not sharing the gospel. Jesus didn’t leave this as a pick or chose option. No, this was and is a COMMAND.
To be clear, command means “an authoritative order.” This is something we either have to fulfill or we are disobeying Jesus.
Let me repeat that, this is something we are either obeying or we are disobeying Jesus Himself. That’s pretty serious.
And let us not forget there are no people exceptions to this command. If they are a human being and they are breathing, we need to be taking the gospel to them.
Whether that is our next door neighbor or our neighbor on the other side of the world who has never even heard the name of Jesus, we should be taking the gospel to them in some way, shape or form.
This is our mission. Our COmmand-MISSION.
As believers, we have been given the greatest gift in the world, eternal life. Our sins have been forgiven and we are now children of the one true King and heirs with His Son Jesus Christ.
We get to carry the glorious news of this truth to the very ends of the world!
What greater blessing could there be than that?!Nathaniel, I shall be persecuted for it.
So? Jesus already promised you persecution as a believer. I may be called a fool.
You are one. A fool for Christ. I may be hated for sharing the gospel!
In John 15
, Jesus said the world would hate you as it hated Him. I might lose some of my friends and some of my family members might shun me.
Isn’t their eternity more important than what relationship you may or may not have with them on this earth? I could be harmed, there is even the possibility of death!
Amen. If it comes to that, so be it! We are in a war, I expect casualties or in our case, martyrs. But what about…
Listen, any excuse you use, I understand. I myself have used all of them. Yet, how you and I feel is irrelevant to the call we have received. We have been called to proclaim the gospel, so proclaim we shall.The eternal souls of the lost outweighs our fears. Their need for Jesus outweighs our lives of comfort and ease. Christ’s loves compels us to refuse to remain silent. In the light of eternity may we not contribute to Hell’s population count because of silly and petty fears.
You are and I are called to be fearless ambassadors of the gospel. And even if we don’t feel fearless, may we proclaim and share truth with our knees knocking!
We’ve been given a command from our great Captain and it is long overdue for daily obedience!
Who is God calling you to share the gospel with today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year?
Go and proclaim the gospel.“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:20