Our Greatest Achievement Is Convincing Others To Believe In Christ

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   10/14/2011

Whether growing up in church or just someone who knows the general beliefs of Christianity, missions is a term that many hear and know of. The Great Commission is a common passage to almost every Christian. It is one we learn early on in Sunday school; however, it is one that tends to be seen as “for someone else.”

The Great Commission states, in Matthew28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Notice that the passage says to make disciples of all nations. It does not say to make disciples in only foreign nations or only our “home” nation: it says make disciples of all nations. Something interesting in this verse is that it is not listing a good idea or a recommended course of action. It is a command; God is telling his followers to go. Whether God is sending you across the ocean to a foreign land or across the street to a neighbor, every single follower of Christ is called to play a part in the Great Commission.

Missions is a topic that many churches preach about and have special services for, yet with all this focus on missions, why is it that followers of God are not actually doing it? At times, it can be something that is determined to be a good idea yet that is where it remains, as just a good idea.

Paul preaches of the importance for Christ followers to go in Romans 10:14, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believe in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preachunless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” The focus is to reach the lost, yet if they are not told, then there is no way for the lost to ever be reached.

The world is hurting and desperate, and the only savior there is to all of this is Jesus Christ. We should be asking God to break our hearts for the things that break his. Constant prayer that God would reach the lost and his Holy Spirit would bring each and every lost and hurting soul to him should be a burden on our hearts. David Shibley says in his book "The Missions Addiction", “In the same way God has given unfailing promises to us that He will get glory from every tribe and nation. But it won't happen until the people of God inquire of Him to do this... Prayer is the great condition of the Great Commission,” It is our responsibility as Christians tobe praying that God would reach the lost and to also serve in our role forGod's call to missions.

Simply put, missions is sharing the gospel of Christ and his love with those who have never heard it. The 10/40 window is the greatest area in the world with the most unreached people groups. Spread throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, there are more than 3 billion people who have never heard the gospel. While having the knowledge that there are this many people around the world who have never heard of Jesus, how is it that many Christians are still doing nothing about it?

Shibley shares in his book "The Missions Addiction", “If you are going to be Jesus' disciple, you must follow where He leads. And where He is leading is into uncomfortable territory, compelling us to interact with those we may not even naturally like and with whom we share no common heritage.”

One part of the Great Commission that is encouraging, yet can be overlooked, is where Jesus states that he is always with us. God did not give us this command to go throughout the world to share Jesus' sacrifice on our own; he is with us each step we take.

When God calls us to reach out to someone, He has already been there and already has a plan for us to deliver the message.  And trusting God in this is what we need to do, and without it we will be missing out on the adventure that God has put before us. An adventure that brings us enjoyment, as God reveals himself when we discover the plan He has laid for us.

Not every Christian is called by God to cross the foreign borders and reach those in a completely different culture. Whether you are called to go overseas or to stay in your home land, each Christ follower has the opportunity for do great things, to share Christ with those who do not believe or have not heard.

Whether going or staying, we all have the opportunity to reach the lost for the few years we are alive.

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