How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? —Romans 10:14Scripture:Romans 10:14
When it comes to the topic of sharing our faith, a lot of us get very uptight. In fact, one thing that believers and nonbelievers have in common is that both are uptight about evangelism. Nonbelievers are uptight about being evangelized, and believers are uptight about evangelizing them.
Yet Jesus commands us to share our faith. We call this the Great Commission, and there are two variations of it in the Bible. Mark’s gospel states it this way: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (16:15 NKJV).
Matthew’s version says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘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 that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (28:18–20 NKJV).
So where is Jesus calling us? Into the world. Who is supposed to do this? All believers. And what are we supposed to do? We’re supposed to preach the gospel.
These words are directed to every follower of Jesus Christ. But honestly, for some Christians, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission.
The commission of the church is not to wait for the world to show up. Rather, the commission of the church is to go to the world. Jesus did not say the whole world should go to church, but He did say the church should go to the whole world.
To be a growing Christian, you must go into all the world and preach the gospel. Are you doing your part to fulfill the Great Commission?
Used with permission from Greg Laurie.