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The Great Commission is our joyful obligation as disciples of Jesus. Just as someone brought the Gospel to you, so should you bring the Gospel to others. Not all of us have the gift of preaching, but we can all be engaged in evangelism. St. Francis of Asi Asi said to speak the Gospel wherever you go and use words when necessary.

I have been a member of Gulf South Men, a regional men’s ministry, for several years. We have hosted several Iron Sharpens Iron events throughout the South. I feel blessed to have played a small role in watching so many men give their lives to Christ for the first time during these events.

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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Ministry Goals to Reach the Great Commission

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans” Proverbs 16:3 NIV).

Planning is critical in life.  Financial planners help us get our financial matters in order and plan for retirement.  Doctors help us by establish a wellness plan when we are sick.  Business leaders make plans to bring a profit to the shareholders.  Our pastors help us to make plans that will bring honor and glory to God.  Some people are resistant to listening to advice from others.  They think they have all the right answers.  Proverbs 12:15 teaches us, “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).

Our goal as disciples to make disciples.  However, each of us has been gifted with unique talents which we can use in our evangelism and ministry.  Our discipleship plan must discern the intersection of our gifts and interests.  This is the sweet spot for each individual ministry.  I encourage you to talk to your close friends to discern and/or confirm your gifts. 

Discernment of your ministry of discipleship is an enormous task.  Below are some ideas to consider in this regard.

  • Be wise and listen to advice

Remember the lesson of Proverbs 12:15. Surround yourself with Godly people and the Holy Spirit will speak truth through them to you. Pray for discernment and recall the words of Matthew 11:15 when with your friends, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” According to my good friend Rev. Ted Fine, “The church’s role is to build communities of disciples where social justice and the general welfare of the people are protected by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at work in the Body.”  We are the church universal. 

  • Give it to God

You are not God, and I am not God.  The Great Commission is a Godly task.  He does not expect for us to do this alone but with Him.  The Psalmist wrote in 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  A clean heart, a right spirit, and a dependence upon God’s providence and grace for assistance will help us to speak words and do works that bring honor to God.

  •  Patience

Luke 2 tells the story of the birth of Christ. The angels announced His birth to the shepherds who then went to see Jesus in the manger. Later, in the same chapter, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple to give an offering to God for the birth of their child.  The Holy Spirit had revealed to a man named Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the birth of the Messiah. The Bible does not indicate how long Simeon waited for the birth of Christ, but the fact that it says he would not die until he saw the Savior indicates that he waited some time.  Whatever the task is that God has called us to, we need to continue doing the work even if we don’t see the progress we would like to see. 

Prayer:  Dear God:  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Amen.