Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:19-20 (King James Version)
Those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus, accepting His gift of salvation, have a job to do. Christ makes our assignment very clear in Matthew 28:19- To go out into the world and make disciples of all the nations. Unfortunately, it can be noticed that those who claim faith in Christ have not done a good job in following the Lord’s commission.
There are many who still do not believe in Christ, and even worse, there are many who have yet to hear the Gospel. Why is the community of believers failing to fulfill its mission? How can we, as faith followers, get back on track in God’s program?
The reason that I think is preventing believers in Christ from doing their job is fear. We live in a world that opposes our faith in God and will try to hurt us if they had the chance. In an act of self-preservation, we hide our true identity in Jesus and live like the rest of the world.
However, there is a drawback to living like this. When an unbeliever sees us living like others in the world, we present a negative image of our faith. The trust that we have in Jesus is suppose to make us different from the rest of the world. Are we showing that difference when we live like the world? Absolutely not!
Aside from our fear of the world, we are also are afraid that we do not have what it takes to tell the message of God. The idea of telling the Good News to people can be quite intimidating. So much so, we begin to worry that we might make a mistake in our presentation of it and instead of bringing people to Christ, we push them away. We also worry about whether our message will be accepted or not and would take offense if the Good News is rejected. It is because of this fear of failure, that many in the faith do not bother doing the commission of God.
So how can the Body of believers get back on track in God’s program? We find our solution in the last verse in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus promised to His disciples that He will always be with them as they do the mission given to them. This promise of Christ also applies to us who believe.
We must not fear to display our faith before the world. Knowing that the Almighty is with us should embolden us to be loud about our trust in Him. For He is far greater than any evil that the world has and He will protect and deliver us from all harm. When we live like this, we show to the unbeliever the power of God in us and that will draw them in to Christ.
There is no need for us to fear failure when sharing the Gospel. If we believe that Christ is with us, we should have the confidence needed to witness to others. We do not need to worry about saying the right words, for Christ will give us the words to speak through His Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, when we acknowledge that Jesus is with us, there is no need to worry about whether our message will be accepted or not. That is because the message of the Gospel was never ours to begin with; it belongs to Christ. Our only job is to share His message with others, Jesus will be the one who will convince the listener to believe. If they accept, we can rejoice with Christ in their profession of faith. However, if they don’t accept the message, you must not take it personally, for they did not reject you but rejected Christ.
How are you doing in making disciples for Christ? What is stopping you from doing your mission? Whatever is holding you back, it is time for you to lay it at the feet of Christ. Embrace His promise that He will be with you always and nothing in this world will make Him leave you.