Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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 everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
First things first, I think it’s important to define what the Great Commission is? It’s the instruction from our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ, to His disciples to go out and spread His teachings to all the nations of the world.
This Great Commission in the last chapter of the book of Matthew was as relevant when Jesus spoke these words centuries ago as they are to each of us today. As Christians, we have a grand mission to share the Gospel with those in our lives and those we encounter along the way. As moms, wives, sisters, daughters, and friends I think we often feel that our sharing has to look a certain way. We think we have to establish a ministry to disciple others and share the Gospel. We feel we don’t know enough to share the Gospel so we don’t speak or we are afraid of rejection or judgment from those we desire to share with.
Sometimes, our greatest and most important ministry field is right in front of us. Our children, neighbors, and friends are just as important as any structured ministry. Every action, word, and deed can lead those around us closer to Christ or farther away. You don’t need to establish a ministry to share the gospel (unless God is calling you to do that, of course). You already have one and if you know God and He has worked in your life in any way – you have a story to share that can make the gospel come alive for someone else. No one can argue with your experiences and feelings. They are yours. If they reject or judge you, that is OK! That’s on them, not you. All you have to do is share and let God do the rest.
Sharing the gospel may look different every single day or even every hour. From a kind word, a sacrificial offering or an e-mail to answer the questions of a sweet child. In fact, I have a dear friend with two amazing young girls who send me the most amazing and challenging questions about God. They have lived on the other side of the world and now live on the other side of the United States, but we stay in touch. I pray they never stop asking and learning about God.
Here is a portion of the e-mail I sent to them in response to one of their questions:
Kate, I love your questions. You ask better questions than most adults. Maybe adults want to ask, but they are too afraid. Never be afraid to ask questions. It’s the only way to learn.
How many times have I read the Bible? Well, two years ago I read the entire Bible in one year. I had never done that before. I read the Bible almost every day, or at least several times a week. The Bible is full of instruction on how we should live our lives, it offers us encouragement and direction for our actions and words so that when we go out and live our lives each day we are reflecting God. It also reminds us of how much we are loved and adored by God. That He is always with us, even when we are having a “yucky” day and everything seems to be going wrong. The Bible tells us all about who God is. I know that because when we know someone, we can recognize them when we see them. We won’t actually see God with our eyes, but when you know His character and how much He loves you, it will be easier to see Him at work in your life and sense His quiet presence.
This is one of my favorite explanations of what the Bible is. This is the introduction of “The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I like it a lot and will read it often when I’m teaching other women.
“Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.
Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times, they’re downright mean.
No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the story, there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in the puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.”
If you are ever uncertain, need courage, direction or wisdom in how to share the gospel and continue to make disciples of all nations, just open the Word of God. His Word is for us all and He desires for each and every one of us who believe in Him to share with any and all who are still wandering or struggling to find Him, trust Him and have faith in Him.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16