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.”
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He
will establish your plans” Proverbs 16:3 NIV).
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”
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.
of your ministry of discipleship is an enormous task. Below are some ideas to consider in this
Be wise and listen to advice
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
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.
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.
Dear God: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
within me. Amen.