Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciple…” (Matthew 28:19)
This was His last command to His people before ascending into Heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to empower us to do what He has commanded (Acts 1:8).
Jesus said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments…” (Matthew 14:15)
So, we can say, as individual believers and as a church family, that we love Jesus. We can raise our hands in worship during a service and tell Him how much we really love Him… But, words are cheap and we are deceiving ourselves. If we are not obeying His command to “go into all the world and make disciples…” then we really don’t love Him. We are deceiving ourselves and really not fooling anyone.
The Church – the people who call themselves disciples of Jesus – have only one task. Want to guess what it is?
It is not coming together to hear a good teaching from God’s Word.
It is not to pray for the needs of people.
It is not to minister to the needs and hurts of those who come to our local church.
It is not to sing with others as a love offering to the Lord.
It is not to fellowship with other believers.
It is not to live perfect lives – a high standard of ‘holiness.’
It is not to give our tithes and offerings for the continuing work of the Church.
It is not to have our own needs met by others – especially the pastor.
It is not to be seen so as to maintain a good image in the community of faith.
It is not to have a ministry and/or be recognized for your ministry.
The Church has one task and one task only – to go into all the world and make disciples; baptizing them; teaching them; and releasing them to become the labourers in the many nations that need workers in the harvest field.
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “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.”
Matthew 9:37-38 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”
All the other things may help us to become mature, strong, and reproducing believers. But, they are just a means to an end and should never be considered an end in themselves. We have only one task – Go as workers into harvest fields around the world and make disciples; work with them until they are strong and are themselves released into the world to make more disciples. It really is simple – reproduce ourselves in the nations of the world.
Let’s note something. The Church – that is you are I – are called to “go into all the world.” Yes, you are to build relationships locally in your neighbourhood so as to show the love of Christ to non-believers. Yes, you are to share God’s love with people you meet at home, at work, and at play. But, God has also called you to “go into all the world.” So, you must also plan to take what are often called “mission trips” to areas where the Gospel of the Kingdom has never been heard and the Name of Jesus is not known.
Oh, it is good to go to another nation and help building projects reach completion. But, this is not what changes lives – your life or that of non-believers. You are called to build people and not build buildings. So, you need to regularly “go into all the world” and share the love of God and the Gospel. Otherwise, you have not obeyed the Great Commission – the commandment that Jesus left for His Church to obey. You may rationalize that you are doing what He said to do but your neighbourhood and city (town) is absolutely not “all the world” and building buildings is not “making disciples.”
We need to change what we are doing as the Church. We need to focus on the expansion of the Kingdom and reaching every people group (ethnicity) in the world today that have yet to hear and embrace the Gospel of the Kingdom. Nothing less will do if we truly are Christians and belong to His Church.