After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples what they were to do going forward. This commission was passed down to us since it was never completed. I believe that in the Last Days, before the return of Christ, we’ll see the work finished.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
The first thing I see is the word “go”. It’s a word that means to travel. This is not a passive calling.
Too many believers think that their job is to operate a building. They make sure that it has some sort of program on the weekend. They feel that if they make this as entertaining and accessible as possible, people will come and hear the Gospel. That’s not what Christ told us to do.
Please understand what I’m saying. I’m not saying that there should be no churches. What I am advocating is that most ministry should take place outside of the church building, all week long.
We were never called to attract the world, but to go into it. The world itself is an important concept. Jesus wasn’t talking about the planet earth. The word that He used refers to the world system.
We are called to go into every organized system of the world. That means there needs to be a Christian presence in government, education, sports, entertainment, the workplace, and any other environment you can think of.
Of course, there’s another word in this sentence that we have to deal with. It’s what keeps many from sharing about Christ. That’s the word, preach.
“It’s the preacher’s job to win the lost. I can’t preach. I’m not a pastor or an evangelist. That’s someone else’s job.”
I don’t believe that this word means to preach like we think about it in our modern church culture. The word means to be a herald. Then again, we don’t have heralds in our society anymore. The closest thing we have is a news reporter.
A reporter finds out what’s happening that’s important for people to know. Then they bring it to the attention of the public. At least that’s the way it’s supposed to work.
That’s our job as followers of Christ in this society. God has accomplished something very important – the opening of salvation to all people. We have witnessed this work being done in our lives. Now we need to “report” this Good News to those around us.
“But I’m afraid that they won’t believe me.”
What they do with the message is not on you.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
We’re not called to make people believe or to get people saved. We’re simply told to report this Good News to all those within our sphere of influence. What they do with this message is up to them.
If they believe it, then we can show them how to become a part of God’s family. If they don’t, then we continue to love them, pray for them, and hope that their heart will open up before it’s too late.
We all have a part to play in bringing the Gospel message to the world. There are people who will never hear about what Christ has done for them unless you bring them this Good News.
Don’t let your part of the world remain in darkness. Be a faithful reporter of what God has done.
Question: What have you done to bring the Good News of Christ to your world?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi