I am amazed at the number of true disciples of Jesus who are simply ignoring The Great Commission to “go into all the world and make disciples.” In other words, win people to Jesus and His Kingdom. Go fishing. Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). In other words, if you are not fishing then you are not following – you are simply self-deceived. And yet, there are so many true believers who are ignoring the command to go.
Jesus came “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). And, He left the Church the same mandate or job description. That’s the task of every believer – not just those called to be five-fold evangelists. It is a call on every believer – not just those with the gift of evangelism as there is no such gift in the Bible. Everyone who believes is called to “go and make disciples”.
The first command of God in the book of Genesis given to Adam and Eve was “be fruitful and multiply.” That is still the command for the Church that Jesus is building. Be fruitful – not just faithful. He expects healthy sheep to birth more sheep. Maybe, just maybe, the vast majority of believers are simply not healthy. Thus, they are unable to reproduce.
Well, Jesus is the Healer and the Word of God is “spirit and life” (John 6:63) and “sharper than a two-edged sword dividing between soul and spirit” (Hebrews 4:12) so there is really absolutely no reason to not be healthy. After all, when we were born again we became “new creatures in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is time to start living and acting like we really are ‘new creatures.’
The Great Commission … “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” … is found in five places in the New Testament. It was important enough to repeat five different times in five different situations. You will find it in Matthew 28:1820, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:47-49, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8. Just maybe it is important seeing it is recorded that many times.
We have so many Jesus-loving believers who raise their hands in worship and declare publicly their love for Jesus. And yet, Jesus states: “If you love Me you will obey Me” (John 14:15). So, maybe, just maybe, we have a lot of hypocritical believers or simply followers who have not made the commitment needed to truly be followers of the Lord.
I believe it is time for the local church to begin to preach and speak the truth in love. It is time to challenge believers to do what Jesus said to do and accomplish what He left us here to do in is Name. It is time to call a sin a sin and no longer have The Great Omission… but instead actually fulfill The Great Commission.