Have you given any thought recently to The Great Commission? Or, in reality, have you written it off as a ‘great suggestion’ and thus not something you are planning to become involved in? Many believers do not have a consistent focus on the lost and are self-focusing as life is busy and there are always issues, needs, and desires that demand our attention. So, there is little time or energy left over to connect with and be concerned about those who are spiritually disconnected.
One day each and every one of us will be held accountable for what we have done with the gifts, skills, and talents that the Lord blessed us with. One day we will stand before the Lord and He will speak to us about the fruit that we, as believers and disciples, were called to bear – fruit, much fruit, eternal fruit (John 15). And, at that point it will be too late to make any changes. However, if you are reading this, it is not too late yet…
I was recently in Moscow ministering at an Armenian Church and had an evening with the youth of the church. It was a questions and answers session and near the end there were several questions about how I keep my passion for the lost in the midst of both a busy life and ministry. This led to one of the most powerful prayer times I have ever been a part of as I individually prayed for every person present that their heart would be broken by what breaks the Lord’s heart – the height of His creation, human beings, going to hell because they did not know Him. Powerful and life changing – for them and for me.
So, how do we engage with The Great Commission? How do we get excited and committed to reach the world for Jesus one person at a time? Let’s refresh your memory regarding exactly what The Great Commission is…
Jesus said, “Then Jesus came close to them and said, ‘All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20 The Passion Translation)
1> Engage in prayer for the spiritually disconnected (you might call them the lost) on a consistent and regular basis
Pray for people that God has placed in your life who are spiritually disconnected. Make a list, post a note, put a reminder in your electronic calendar, set an alarm so that you will remember to pray.
When you pray, ask God the Father to draw people to Himself. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to them, soften their hearts, and draw them Jesus. Cry out for God to do whatever needs to be done that they might see their need for a Saviour and respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Pray that your heart will go out to these people. Jesus taught His followers to cry out to God to send workers for the harvest because the fields are ripe and ready. Let God know you are ready to extend His love and hope. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to notice people in need. Pray for boldness to serve others in the Name of Jesus. And, pray for wisdom to know the right time to share your testimony and the message of Jesus.
Pray for the Holy Spirit of God to give you eyes to see beyond the realm of the physical. Ask God to pull back the veil and let you see and experience people as He does. This prayer will undoubtedly turn your life upside down. Just as Elisha prayed for his servant’’s eyes to be opened (2 Kings 6:17), we can pray, “Open my eyes so I can see.” When God, in the power of the Spirit, opens our eyes to see this world as He does, our evangelistic temperatures will rise and ice-cold hearts will melt with a love for those who are spiritually disconnected.