18Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,b baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This Great Commission is something that is ever front and center to our minds and hearts. We are steadfast in our pursuit of our Savior and in making His name known on the earth…in whatever form or fashion we are able to do so. It usually isn’t anything spectacular or grand, but rather in the mundane, small events and interactions of our day-to-day life. God has given every single believer a platform of some sort to reach people with the Good News of Christ. And it isn’t an option. It’s a command, a calling, and a commission. And what a great privilege and honor it is to be an ambassador, a representative on this earth of our mighty, awesome, KING JESUS!!!!
We are of the mindset that you don’t compartmentalize your faith. We are called to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, a city on a hill, the light that can’t be put under a basket, showing forth our good deeds in a dark world for all to see and to give God all the glory. We have much work to do for God’s Kingdom, and we need to always look for opportunities to be about the Father’s business. In our homes, our place of work, where we hang out with others, the grocery store, park, etc…anywhere we are, at any time! We ARE the Church, the Body of Christ. And as such, we are to be directed by our Head. We are soldiers on the battlefield and players in the game…and as such, we don’t sit on the sidelines wondering what would happen if we got out on the field. We have way too many sideline Christians out there already. Jesus was well aware that this would always be the case since He told His disciples to “pray for more workers in the field because the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
This does NOT mean we work FOR our salvation…absolutely not! We work FROM our salvation…coming to Christ and putting our faith in Him truly will ALWAYS result in being a changed, renewed, transformed person who has good things to show for the glory of God in their life AS A RESULT OF this amazing rebirth we experience in Him. Faith is the engine and good works are the caboose!
It was never the plan or purpose of God to simply “save people to go to Heaven” and allow them to continue to live in sin/any way they want, and that spits in the face of His precious Son. It is my genuine hope and prayer that if you are reading this today and realize that it may be speaking to you, PLEASE surrender your life fully to Christ’s control so that the Holy Spirit will come in and dwell with you and make you completely new. He will NEVER inhabit a person and allow them to be the same person they always were. Period. We serve a good, mighty, HOLY God Who gave His only Son to set us free and adopt us as His own and He has high expectations of His followers. Get into the Word for yourself ALWAYS and don’t stand on what any man, doctrine, or denomination has taught you. Ever. Including what I’m saying. Check EVERYTHING against the living, breathing, timeless Word of God. We MUST. There is simply too much at stake not to. If you doubt anything I just said, please read this from 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.
“11Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,b so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14Either way, Christ’s love controls us.c Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.d 15He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,e so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
The reason this was on my mind to write about today is because I literally JUST changed the tagline on our website to “The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)” two days ago (“Reaching the lost for Christ and Equipping the Saints to be the Salt and Light in These Dark Days” was just way too long and after all, this IS the Great Commission). Then, first thing this morning I listened to a fellow podcaster and sister in Christ talk about the Great Commission and how God gives us all an audience to spread His name among. Very like-minded messages, as we all should have in the Body of Christ. I think God is really waking up the Church to understand that time is truly of the essence. This new sister in Christ has a great podcast too, and she’s a fellow Texas gal, if y’all would like to check out her work you can do that here:
After listening to this first episode of her show, I reached out and sent a message to her and we’ve since been corresponding and finding out that our podcasts have a lot of similar messages, recorded around the same times. She made this photo quote that I’ve placed at the top of this post, based off a statement Will made in our second podcast episode, “Trust and Obey,” which you can find here:
This statement is so true and sums up today’s message perfectly. We are called to reach the lost with the Good News of the Gospel, make disciples of all nations, baptizing the new disciples in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded (not suggested). And Jesus assures us that we are never alone in our work…He will be with us to the end of the age. Making us new, making disciples out of us, helping us make disciples out of them, as He makes them new too. It’s a beautiful process of transformation, reproduction, and multiplication. Our time is short, our mission great…let’s get to work, family of God!