Matthew 28:16-20 “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.”
I’m sure at this point in your walk with God you are all too familiar with the great commission of making disciples of all nations. Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid out the blue print for advancing the Kingdom of Heaven by commissioning every disciple of Christ to imitate what he did as He walked the earth.
To commission is to give instructions, commands, or selective duties to a person or group of people to carry out or perform. Jesus instructed every disciple of current and future generations to make disciples of all nations. The promise tied to the great commission is Jesus would be with us to the end of the age. What a glorious promise!
As a young Christian we are fired up to tell the world what Christ has done for us and what He will do for them if they surrender their life to Christ. It’s as if the young Christian can’t help but share the good news of the Gospel because the old self compared to the new self is still fresh on their hearts.
However, what tends to happen to mature Christians is we become complacent and comfortable in our standing with Christ; or we become what is called lukewarm. We know all the scriptures, most of the songs and enjoy a freedom in Christ that we have grown accustomed to. All the while, we watch people walk past us who are hurting, looking for a way out of darkness. We have the answers, but have become too wrapped up in our selves to give someone else an opportunity at life to the full.
This message is for anyone willing to take an honest look at the great commission and honestly ask themselves, “Jesus, have I kept my end of the deal?’ Or, have I become lukewarm and settled in my guarantee with you?” Look, I am talking to myself as well for I have become comfortable in my guarantee with Christ.
However, we have an opportunity to repent of selfishness, being lukewarm and disobedient to one of the greatest calls to action in human history. Today, as we get honest with ourselves, decide that we will no longer muzzle what has been so richly and freely given to us which is the word of God.
The gift of salvation which Christ paid the full price for by shedding His blood on the cross must not go dormant in our hearts. Rekindle our hearts, stir up love and zeal for the lost. Step back for a second to picture yourself as you were in a state of confusion about your future with no viable alternatives to life. Someone obeyed the great commission and shared (Philemon 1:6) the love of Christ with you.
Decide today that you will share your faith with boldness and conviction to those who do not have a relationship with Christ. Be the best opportunity anyone has ever experienced by sharing the power of the great commission and the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
Father, all praises go to you for you are worthy. Father we ask that our hearts be re-ignited for the great commission just as it was when we where newborns in Christ. Help us to shake off the spirit of fear, doubt, and complacency. Give us a renewed spirit and a heart for the lost so all may have a relationship with you and experience life to the full. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
** If anyone would like a special prayer request (Ephesians 6:18) please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org; I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with as well.