The Great Commission
Jesus gave it all on the cross. Then He ordained us to be His hands, His feet, His mouth, and His heart to reach a lost world for Him! Will we hear and follow His call, or will we remain quiet and silently watch a world of lost souls slip into hell without a care?
Here below is the very first command of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. This is not an optional extra for Christians, this is our calling, it is a command, and it was not JUST to the disciples. It is Christ’s message and command to His church.
Mark 16:15-20 (NKJV)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature".
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Note: Speaking with new tongues as occurred at Penticost and as described in Acts, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues, as the Holy Spirit gave utterance through them, (prayed through them). Without the Holy Spirit residing within us as occurs when we are baptised in His Holy Spirit, we are like a car without fuel. “We have no motive power”.
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Someone once wrote; "If you are not a soul winner, you are a soul to win."
This is so true, because as Christians we are COMMANDED by Christ to bear fruit, or be cut from the vine and burned as dead useless branches. We are to bear many kinds of fruit in our lives, but lost souls won for Christ and God’s Kingdom, are the single greatest and most precious fruit we can bear.
We can bear fruit and win souls for Christ by the way we live, the way we conduct ourselves, the way we speak to others, in our attitudes, the way we give to others, by our selflessness, the way we care for others, and the way we love ALL others, regardless of how unlovely or unlovable they may be, or we may be.
Are we in fact lovable? Do our lives bear witness to Christ’s Agape love? Are we a true reflection of Christ within us? If not, we should be, we can be, and we do this as we spend time in God’s word and at His throne of grace.
I cannot overstate the value of spending time in God’s word, “EVERY DAY”. Every day washing in it, immersing ourselves in it, eating it up, taking notes, memorising verses, and learning to treasure it and store it in our hearts until others can see Christ shining out from within us. Then, we will really begin to impact a lost world for Him, but we should not wait until we are perfect. We need to start today in our flawed state, because I have yet to meet a completely perfect person, and I don’t think I will until I reach heaven one day when I leave this body of death behind.
We can be a soul winner at home, at work, on the bus, on an aircraft, in the street, on the mission fields, anywhere and everywhere. We should always be looking for every opportunity to share the good news of Christ, and listening for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us to someone, whose heart is open to receive His word.
Don’t waste opportunities to share the gospel, and don’t live with regret for not doing so. We all live with such regrets, including myself, for friends eternally lost with whom we could have shared the gospel, but did not take the opportunity to do so. Maybe because of fear, or maybe we thought there would be more time, and sometimes because our lives were, or currently are, not really a true picture of a genuine God fearing Christian, and so; we keep our mouths clamped shut from shame so as not to be a hypocrite, because our lives may be; or may have been a lie at some past time.
For myself, I cannot do anything about past opportunities lost, but I can and do resolve not to miss future opportunities, which have eternal consequences for people whose lives I can touch for Christ.
If God would give us a glimpse into the glory of heaven, and into the terror of hell, we would never be the same again, and we would work tirelessly for the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God.
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Check out “THE REASON WHY”: By Robert Laidlaw.
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It is a very powerful tract, with more than 36 million copies printed, and in 30 plus languages. It is logical, compelling, and it has brought countless souls to Christ. Like the bible, its message is timeless, and cannot be improved on.