The Great Commission
The topic of The Great Commission is not news to believer, even unbelievers know about it. But the question that I ask myself is, how am I fulfilling this commission? Well, for those of you who don’t know what it is, let me help you appreciate what am talking about in these few paragraphs.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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 28:16-20
Verse 19 and 20 of Matthew 28 has been named the Great Commission for the reason that Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples in those verses to make more disciples and teach them everything He had taught them, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In simple terms, they were to preach the Good News about Jesus Christ from their immediate surrounding and spread throughout the whole world.
Inasmuch as some Christians would put this task squarely on the clergy, I believe it’s a mistake on our part to do so. It does not matter who we are when we become born again. What matters most is the transformation and assurance of salvation in our heart. Under normal circumstances, when you hear of any good news, you would like all your neighbors to also share in that. So, it was interesting to read about the encounter a Samaritan woman had with Jesus Christ in John 4. What is more interesting that I want us to look at is the response of the people who believed in Jesus when the woman ran to town and called them to come and meet Jesus.
They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42
The task of witnessing about Jesus Christ or speaking to someone about God’s love is for all believers. But the power to convict and save is the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). This is probably why the people are right in telling the Samaritan woman they believed because they had heard Jesus for themselves and not just based on her report. What we must do is take the initiative to speak up about the Love of God, about the Good news of Jesus Christ; His ministry, His death, His resurrection, His ascension and His second coming. In its summary, we must be ready and willing to preach salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. That’s what we must do. Speak the Gospel and leave the rest to Holy Spirit.
…to be continued.
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