THE GREAT COMMISSION

Matthew 28:19-20

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

If God is in absolute control of our salvation, and it is He who brings us to repentance, then why should a Christian pursue missions or ministry? The answer involves a simple, but devoted, act of obedience. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15 NASB). He further proclaimed, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21 NASB).

If and when a Christian answers the call to “go and preach,” he is not left to the harvest, he receives the power of the Holy Spirit, equipping him to be an effective witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).

Not only did Christ exhort all Christians to witness to the unsaved; He also instructed us to disciple new believers in the ways of God. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them . . . teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NASB).

Although Christians are called to share the gospel message, we must remember that salvation itself is left to God. No man comes to the Father but through Christ (John 14:6). Who will be saved and who won’t is not our ultimate responsibility.

When we obey the Great Commission—proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ as far and wide as God allows us—our only remaining task is to watch the Lord perform miracles in the lives of the lost.

Lord, I do not always have the courage to witness, nor the patience to trust the seed sown to grow. Help me to “go and preach,” and leave the results to You.

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