Have you ever wondered if you were doing enough for God? Have you been convicted by God’s Spirit to make better investments in eternity?
If so, you may have also realized that the Great Commission does not invoke a prayer of salvation, nor does it even ask men to “accept Jesus into their hearts.” Instead, this mandate from the Creator calls for the making of disciples. It asks for people who will come into personal fellowship with God and live His glorious character.
When a sinner comes to Him, Christ does not merely change how that sinner is seen in the eyes of God, but who he truly is. Christ’s blood is powerful enough not only to forgive us from sin, but to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). This cleansing has results in the real world. What does that look like? How can we picture the life that is effective for God – and carry it out?
Christ told us, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put
it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house. Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
(Matt. 5:14-16 NKJV) All good things come
down from the Father of lights (James 1:17).
Through doing good, we in turn send God’s light out among men. This is the general mandate for every
follower of Christ. We need to practice it!
But the mission given us becomes more specific. The Great Commission builds on Christ’s picture of light and leaves no question as to the duties of the church. Our Lord states, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things - everything I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (Matt. 28:18-10 NKJV)
If we are honest with ourselves, we will face a chilling fact: little of this commission is being fulfilled today. Disciples of Jesus Christ are rarely being made, and where they are, they are not being led to observe everything Jesus commanded. Who will “be strong” and “do exploits” (Dan. 11:32) for the kingdom of God as He wills for us to do?
If we truly know God, the fire of His holiness and majesty should
light a fire in us as well. But like in
Laodicea, apathy and lukewarmness has become the norm and zeal for God has
become the exception (Rev. 3:16). Indeed,
there is a famine in the land for the hearing of the words of the Lord (Amos
We need to reignite our desire to serve and magnify Jesus Christ. You can be an incredible light to the world if you will focus on His goodness, righteousness, and truth, and live it out.