Jesus said to “go into all the world and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18). It is now the 6th of February in the new year of the Lord 2011. Let me ask you and thus meddle a bit in your life – “What part of the world have you gone into to share the Gospel?”
A second question might be a little more embarrassing but here it is nonetheless – “Who are you discipling?” If you are serious about following Jesus who said early in His ministry, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” then these two questions should lead to an unsettledness and a dissatisfaction with your life as you currently live it. I know it does in mine.
Yesterday we talked about examining your life by asking, “What’s the point?” So, here is the point – everything we do as believers should be done intentionally and done to influence the non-believer so that they move closer to the Lord Jesus and eventually cross that line of faith into the Kingdom of God.
I spend a lot of time travelling to various nations impacting believers – teaching them to walk supernaturally and how to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to evangelize their friends, those they work with, and even total strangers on the street or in a coffee shop. Occasionally we see people saved or born again in a service where we are ministering – always because someone invited them to come with them – an intentional move on their part. I spend a great deal of time in my city where I live and as I travel about the western part of Canada speaking to many people I have just met about the Lord – overseas I have the language barrier, here I do not. I do this as a believer and not as an apostle. The Bible states we are all to go and we are to go into all the world – even where we live and work.
And let’s not forget – and the reason for the picture attached to this blog – we can go into many parts of the world and never leave home. I work daily on an old laptop from my office, coffee shops (I have a mobile modem), airports, the front seat of my car, and many hotels and motels … and some of what I do is talk to people who are not born again about Jesus. They contact me through our web site or because someone mentioned my name or they were surfing the internet for spiritual help and found us. Irregardless of how they connected to us I use the laptop to spread the full Gospel of the Kingdom in many different nations of the world that I have never physically been to – but hope that one day those being saved and discipled through contacting us will invite me to the church that they plant in the nation where they live.
We are called to go into all the world and the computer gives us a really good way to do that in a rather inexpensive way. Yes, it takes time, effort, and often emotion. It sometimes takes a thick skin (I was recently accused of heresy and being in this for the money…). It takes patience and determination along with perseverance and a strong will to keep going day after day, person after person.
Recently we have added Twitter to our tools for reaching the world. You can open an account – its easy and free – then every morning from the phone you set it up on you dial a 5 diget number and Tweet… I have put little up there yet and nothing exciting whatsoever and already have 40 people following my Tweets. Recently I found out how to do text messages on my phone and so bought a monthly no-limits texting passage for North America and guess what… 50 text messages a day is the average. And, now we are on Facebook and as we develop that page more we will be “in your face” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Add to this another free way to preach the Gospel (for Facebook, Twitter, and even some texting are free) and that is writing a blog. Every believer should have a web log (blog) and write about Jesus. Start with one new blog entry a week, move up to 3 a week after establishing the discipline and building your creative abilities – and finally to a daily blog. Yes, takes time and thought and even hard work. I get up earlier than I use to so as to write a new blog every day. You will be amazed at how many people will read and follow your blogs. It is simply amazing. Give it time and your writing skills will grow and so will your audience and again you are “going into all the world…”
Of course, none of this is an excuse for not going into your own neighborhood and also into other nations to minister. Several days before writing this blog I met with a woman from another city who was in visiting family here in my city. We had a long and tall coffee at MacDonalds one afternoon. And, as always, I turned the conversation to winning the lost and going into all the world. She wants to but the money is not there for her to go to another nation. She witnesses to many in her city and is really hungry to see the lost come to Jesus. Believe me, she will be overseas in short order. God always provides when we set our heart to do what He has commanded.
God gets seriously excited when we decide to obey His command to “go into all the world” and will supply all that is needed to see His will for our lives fulfilled. I have seen it over and over again so many times over the years that nothing could convince me otherwise.
So, we are well into 2011 and what are your plans for going into all your world? No plan – no go! If we are not intentional about winning the lost – we won’t. Maybe it is time for you and the Lord to have a long chat about this very issue. Afterall, when you stand before Him the day you die – you (and I) will be held accountable for what we did with this command to impact and influence the world with the Gospel of His Kingdom. The chat will come – better sooner than later – better now while there is still time to do something about it.