Jesus told His Church – all believers – that as they went about their daily lives they were to be spreading the good news that through Him a person can be saved and born again. Jesus gave believers the authority (Matthew 28:18) and the power (Acts 1:8) to invade places of spiritual darkness and let the Light shine. Jesus told His people that their task between His ascension and His return was to “make disciples” – not Christians, not converts, not believers – but disciples. The word disciple can best be interpreted today as “apprentice”. Someone who follows and learns from so that they actually become like the ‘master’.
Here is how Jesus said it: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 The Message Version).
We are to go into our every day world – grocery shopping, getting our hair cut, the oil changed in our vehicle, walking the dog – and share our “way of life” with everyone we meet (if they will, of course, stop long enough to listen). We are not to wait for doors to open. We are not to wait until invited to share about what we believe. We are not to witness simply by our life-style. We are to live our lives INTENTIONALLY – looking for and even making opportunities to share Jesus with others … all the time and everywhere we go!
But it has to be intentional. If we do not approach this command from the Lord seriously and intentionally it will never happen. It will get lost in the activities of the day. If we simply wait for opportunies to open up – they seldom do. So, we need to find ways to start conversations as we go about our daily activities and then quickly direct these converations into spiritual matters. Then, we need to narrow this focus so that we can present the truth that Jesus saves. This takes some practice – but it really becomes a daily adventure as we watch the Holy Spirit use our feeble attempts and actually touch lives with the eternal.
Today I am about to leave the comfort of my study – it’s Monday morning and it was a long Sunday ministering in two different locations and driving 560 Km. between them. So normally I stay home on Mondays and do paperwork. But today I am heading out to a different city for a lunch meeting regarding a church plant we are working on and then a coffee appointment with a young man I a met in another city several months ago and that I would like to have the opportunity to isciple and mentor. Then into my home city for some physical exercise at an exercise club – the evening I will be training my people in evangelism and witnessing.
Monday or not – I am excited. I will fill up with gas and talk to Wendy who will be behind the counter. I drive to the city of Moose Jaw and have an opportunity to talk with Joan who will take our order at the restaurant. I will talk to the young man who will come and take away our dirty dishes. I will speak to Susan who will serve my coffee at Tim Hortons, witness to the young man behind the counter at the Esso station as I buy a Diet Coke to sip on my return trip to my own city. I will talk with the attendant at the exercise club – she is fresh from Ukraine (all five who take care of the front desk are from Ukraine) and speaks very limited English and we are bulding a relationship (I have been going there for just a month). As well, there are three guys I speak to on an irregular basis as I see them on occasion in the locker room… Then another opportunity as I pick up the mail and speak with the British lady who is managing the Post Office and has recently returned from a three week holiday there …. you get the idea – next a refill of the gas tank (Wendy will be off shift but
Raymond will have taken over)…and so the whole day will be an adventure of meeting people and building relationships (even though only briefly making contact with some), and actually verbally sharing Jesus as well as handing out life-changing tracts. This is how I live every day – taking my every day life events and schedule and infusing these events with the Holy Spirit by stepping out and intentionally witnessing.
This is how Jesus did it. This is what The Great Commission commands that we do. And, we simply need to become obedient and do as we are told!