Our last post was a book review for February. I hope you have read the book “THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE”. It’s a good book for everyone to read. It has laid the foundation of our discussion today, THE GREAT COMMISSION.
As Christians, we are familiar with the scripture and this topic, but very few have come to the understanding that it’s a very important assignment.
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Jesus came to earth to fulfill what had been written of Him. He came to restore man to God and offer the gift of salvation. In doing this, he exhibited true love and understanding of the purpose for which he came. He left us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, our friend, and helper, the spirit of truth, our precious guide.
But Jesus left us an assignment, he was speaking to the disciples as at the time the event took place. But we know better than the words he speaks are life and they apply to us in our days.
16.Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
17. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted.
18. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on Earth.
19. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
20. 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, Amen. Matthew 28: 16-20
This was the assignment Christ left the disciples with before he ascended, I like to call this phase two of the mission Christ came to do. At this point, he had multiplied himself in men and raised them to be like him. They had fellowshipped with him and they understood what the purpose of the call was eventually.
For every assignment, every call, every mission God has given to you, the result is that men be saved and come to the knowledge of God. God desires that men come to repentance.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2Pet 3:9
Jesus told them to go, to go into the world and meet men. Your purpose encapsulates you going somewhere, usually going to meet men, in whatever sphere or whatever phase, in whatever way or whatever route.
The idea is to encounter men, this reveals that we are dealing with lives. Many times men only walk towards a source of light when there is one.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8: 12
If the light is absent, they would forever stumble in darkness. Jesus CAME so he admonishes us to GO!.
Jesus instructed his disciples to make disciples. Before anyone can become a disciple of Christ, he had to be saved. Therefore Christ instructed his disciples to win souls, to encourage men to follow God.
When Christ called his disciples, he said to them ‘Follow Me’.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Jesus instructs us to be intentional about reaching out to men of different nations. You are not restricted to your locality, as you understand what better what you have been purposed to do, understanding the specifics guiding your assignment, desire that every man who comes in contact with you, has an opportunity to meet with Christ.
In following Christ, he makes us and enables us to make others, that they to may become makers.
Before you set yourself apart and decide that teaching is not for you, the call is to present the words and commands of God to men. How can men know that we are followers of Christ?
It is when they read our lives and see the obedience to God’s words exhibited. This is the trait that distinguishes us in the world. While the world may give no regard for God’s words, we are intentional about observing them.
In doing this, we please the Lord with our lives and show the world a more excellent way to live.
GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOU
I cannot chart a path for you or tell you what you ought to do, but I can enlighten you on what the call entails. It involves men, not objects, materials, or non-living things.
You are called to impact lives, to go to men, to reach out to them. You are chosen to show men how to be made, to teach them to follow Christ so they can be made, to make others by showing them the true way. You have been appointed to live for generations and ensure that the ways of God are taught from generation to generation.
The great commission is for every believer to hearken to. If you don’t know what to do, start by telling men about God in whatever way you can.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2Cor 5:18
Reconcile men back to God, for this is the foundation of every call. In every assignment, this is the basic. This is the reason why you have a mission at all.
As you ponder upon purpose and living for God, bear the great commission at heart, bear the ministry of reconciliation at heart, and desire to live for a good cause, that through you, men will come to the knowledge of the saving grace that Christ gave.
In our next post, our guest will be enlightening us on a very important topic. Don’t forget to leave me a comment.