Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The Great Commission, the last statement Jesus made in the book of Matthew. If you have been in church for any length of time at all you have heard these verses and know that as followers of Christ it is important for us to share the love of Christ with others.
This command seems to be one of the most difficult for us to “do”.
What stops us? It seems like it’s one major obstacle:
Fear? We are afraid of what others will think of us? We are afraid of rejection? We are afraid of awkward situations? These fears choke out our desire to share Christ with others? We allow fear to rule the day, even though we know that we know that people NEED Jesus.
Really, it’s not fear, but pride. We are worried more about us than them. We are worried more about our self preservation than where this person will spend eternity.
Proverbs tells us that fear of man proves to be snare, and fearing what others think keeps us from obeying a command from God. This “snare” doesn’t just affect you but the person you could be sharing Christ with.
We know that Jesus commanded us to do this, but we often forget that He also empowered us to do it!
Acts 1:8; Hebrews 13:20-21
Remember, He is always with us!
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become. — Henry Martyn
Maybe our relationship with God isn’t where it should be. Are we allowing pride to stifle our obedience to this command? We know that His heart is for people to be in relationship with Him. What are we doing to “make it happen”?
Let’s not over think evangelism. We get this notion it can only be done on a street corner, or in another country.
The missionary Jim Elliot says it this way:
“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”
Be aware of where you are. We get so busy with our own lives not even thinking about those around us that we miss opportunities to share the love of Christ in word or deed with others when we live “with our head down.”
It can be as simple as inviting someone to church; helping a harried mom at the grocery store; a conversation at a coffee shop. Let’s allow others to see Christ in us, and be forced to make a decision.
As you go today, look for opportunities to share the love of Christ and affect the life of someone else.
Let’s be the ministers of the Gospel that God wants us to be!!!