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.”
– Matthew 28:18-20
“The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the lost will never be saved if we don’t go— He simply says, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations….’ He says, ‘Go on the basis of the revealed truth of My sovereignty, teaching and preaching out of your living experience of Me.’”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I have used this Scripture many times, but when I read this from Oswald Chambers, I had to go there again, but have you noticed what the Great Commission says? Yes, it says to baptize, but it also says to teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. That means everything including the Great Commission. So many Christians sit on their hands and do not spread the Gospel, because they think Jesus just said those words to the eleven or to preachers.
Yet, the promise of being with us is equally important. It fits into what Chambers is saying.
First, we don’t get to pick those that are going to be saved and those that are not. I have been frustrated on many occasions due to witnessing to those who were close to me. They were my friends, so I wanted them to have the same Joy I had, but they rejected the message. I would have done better witnessing to those God had chosen. Problem is, we are not privy to that information.
Secondly, we are only to be the willing vessels. God is still sovereign. He is still in control. And once we realize that, we will be a living experience of Jesus, just by living our lives. And when it is the right time to share the Gospel, God will work through us to share it. We will speak naturally, not in a forced manner.
So, in the meantime, we need to prepare. We need to study the Bible. The Holy Spirit will easily provide Scripture that we have memorized, but He will also bring forth Scripture that we have read often. We need to pray. We need to have those communication lines open. And we need to be willing to be that vessel that God can use.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.