Many time we think the Great Commission is only for the missionaries, that evangelism is only for evangelists, but let me make something clear…that’s not true. The Great Commission is a command for all who believe in Jesus. Like Keith Green said “Jesus commands us to go…It should be the exception if we stay!” But God didn’t call everyone to leave everything and go to India or to an African country to serve him; we were simply called to be His hands and feet. The Word of God says that we all have a different function. God has a specific calling and purpose for each any every one of us. Some have to study a certain career because that will be the toll that will allow them to take God’s Word to certain places that not everyone can reach. Some can take the gospel through intercession, others through music, others through arts, others through the resources they can give so that those who were called to go may be able to go without having to worry about their financial solvency.
In this post I will share with you just 3 ways in which we can be part of the Great Commission.
The first one is prayer. Many of you may be thinking but how can I make a difference by praying. First of all, prayer is a great tool in the hands of those who know the power prayer has. It is imperative that we pray for our neighbor, for our city, for our nation, for our country’s leaders, for those countries that are suffering. Instead of turning off the T.V. when we watch the news and see the awful things that are happening around the world, we should take a few minutes and cry out for those nations. Instead of criticizing our country’s leaders we should pray for them and ask God to reveal himself to them. Instead of complaining about the things that our city is lacking we should pray so that each person who lives in it knows God. Instead of spreading gossip about about our neighbor we should pray for God to touch his/her heart, restore his/her marriage, teach him/her how to be a good parent, provide a job for him/her. And last but not least —in fact it may be the most important — we have to pray for ourselves and ask God if I’m not being of good testimony, ask Him to help us be a clear example of what He is like, ask Him to show us where we should be, to whom should we speak, what is our purpose, what does He want us to do with our lives.
“First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. 2 Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and it pleases God our savior,” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 CEB
The second way in which we can participate in the Great Commission, in sharing the good news and spreading God’s kingdom is by giving. Yes, our money isn’t really ours, because even though we make an effort to earn it, in the end the one who gives us our job, the strength and the will to work is God, so really our money belongs to Him. We have to ask God what we should do with that money. Many times we are blessed to bless others. That’s right, it’s happened to me before, just when we had the money to pay for our plane tickets, for our expenses to go do a mission, God asks me to give it as an offering to someone else. What?! No, I’m probably not listening right. If God was the one who blessed in the first place so that I could go do His will in a certain place. I rebuke you, satan! But that’s how it is. God wants us to depend on Him completely. Not only missionaries have understand this, but everyone who believes in Him. He is the one who sustains us, the one who gives us our daily bread.
The harvest is plentiful but the workers few, we need more workers, but those workers, those people willing to take the gospel to the ends of the earth also need to be sustained. We know we trust in God and that He is the one who sustains us, but remember we work as one body, some of us are the feet and some the hands, and many times God uses one of his children to bless another. That’s why our money must be placed in God’s hands, so that He can administrate it in the way He knows best to spread His Kingdom.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV
The third way I want to share with you to fulfill this command of preaching the good news to all creatures is by going. To go doesn’t mean to prepare yourself to go to China or to Congo, it might just mean to go talk with that person God has put in your heart. Go talk to your neighbor. Go and talk to your co-worker or classmate. Going could be in your own city, it could be in your own country. But there are also those who were called to move. Some of us were created with the purpose of going to another nation, to go where no one else has gone, to go where people haven’t heard of Jesus. We were all called to go. We need brave people who love God and that are willing to listen to God and go where it is necessary to go. In my next post I will be talking about the different ways in which we can do missions, what organizations there are and what options of service.
I want you to take a moment right now and ask God where He is calling you. Do you have to prepare yourself to travel or simply cross the street? Wherever it is, we have share the good news of Jesus to those who surround us. Don’t be ashamed of talking about Jesus, because when you do you will see God’s power. As I said in my last post Jesus won’t return until everyone has heard about Him. Are you doing your part?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19 NIV
In what way can you contribute? In what way are you fulfilling the Great Commission? A small gesture can lead to big results. You can’t change the the world but you can take action —no matter how small or insignificant it may seem— and produce a ripple effect until you see the change happen. We all have to contribute with our grain of rice to see big results in this world.
Recommended read: The Book That Transforms Nations by Loren Cunningham and Janice Rogers.