Not a Suggestion

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 28:19-20

Jesus was not offering a suggestion in His command to go. He didn’t allude to what we might want to do. The clarity in what we are to do is unavoidable. “But, evangelism isn’t my gift” some might say. “It’s too hard”, “It’s too awkward”, our excuses run the gamut of why we just can’t do evangelism. We have to take a step back and ask this question…would God the Son really tell us to do something that we weren’t able to do. The answer is obviously “NO”. He will always give us the strength, the words, the ability to spread the gospel of Truth.

The question then comes up, how are we to perform this command. How do I take such an important message and not mess it up? How can I do it “right”? The answer is that it’s more simple than we try to make it out to be. There are essentially two components to how we proclaim the message of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. First, we have the inerrant truth of God’s word. The message doesn’t change. It’s not an evolving thing that is hard to grasp. The truth that Jesus was sent by Father God to live a perfect sinless life. To go to the cross as a sacrifice for our sin debt. To take on the wrath that God has toward sin. On the third day, resurrected to show the power of God and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Because of this sacrifice, those who have put their trust in Christ as Savior, have life everlasting. Restored into a right relationship with God. Secondly, we have our own experience. This is why Jesus calls all of us to proclaim this message. None of us are the same. We all have a unique experience coming to the Lord and the life He empowers us to live. I can’t share your message, and you can’t share mine. That’s it, those two components are all that Jesus calls us to spread.

We live in a world that is hostile to the message and that also gives us pause to share, but Jesus tells us in Acts that we have the power of the Holy Spirit and that power will overcome the world. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8. Let’s take the power that Jesus has assured us of and use it for His glory. Pray today that God will reveal those that need to hear this message and empower us to share.

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