by Dr. Dale Yerton
Why The Great Commission Will be Completed
“And Jesus 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 I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20)
It’s a command, not a suggestion!Jesus didn’t say, “If you would like to go.” He didn’t say, “When you get around to it.” He simply said, “Go!” This is an imperative command that demands our obedience. It has been said concerning this Scripture there are only three types of Christians:
- Those who go.
- Those who support those who go.
- Those who disobey.
He promised to go with usThis is a command we cannot fulfill alone. Jesus promised to help us through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee we will not fail. “And He said unto them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’” (Mark 16:15-18) The signs Jesus promised the believers were based upon their obedience to His command to go into all the world and preach the gospel. “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word with the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20)
We are committed to fulfilling His commandNot everyone can go, but everyone must not stay. Every true believer must become involved with fulfilling The Great Commission. It is said that every soldier stationed on the front lines of conflict is supported by eighteen people. It is this support team which enables him to do his job on the front line. Without their support, the front line is easily defeated! The support team provides everything the soldier needs personally and professionally to accomplish the task. They provide food, equipment, ammunition to keep the front-line functioning. It really doesn’t matter if we go, or if we stay. What is important is that we obey. We must answer the question, “What am I doing to help fulfill The Great Commission?” We must learn to look at missionaries as spiritual soldiers. Many years ago, a friend and I were traveling through a distant country and stopped to see a ministry friend who lived there. We had only been visiting a short time when my traveling companion whispered to me, he didn’t believe this family had any food. I told him I would check it out and learned his suspicions were true. I insisted on taking them to a store and restocking their food cupboard. I asked the man of the house how they got into this condition and he told me their problems began with a recession in the United States which caused a drop in their support. I then asked him what he intended to do, and he replied he didn’t know, but then he looked directly at me and said, “But I’m not going home.” Why was he so determined to stay in this distant country? Because he was a soldier, and this was his post of duty. He will die out there, but he will not desert his post. May God help us to be as faithful.
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