The Great Commission
Christ has called each and every believer to share the gospel to all people throughout the world. To be His witnesses in the places He has called us to now, and to the places He may call us to in the future.
After Jesus rose from the dead He appeared to his disciples and gave them a great commission; that they should share the gospel - that is the glorious news of His resurrection and redemption with all peoples across the world.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Great Commission was not exclusive to the twelve disciples, but to every believer.
The apostle Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21:
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. . . . Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation”
The Great Commission of proclaiming Christ as the only way to the Father has become the mission of every believer. But who do we tell? In Matthew 28:19 Jesus stated that we should go and communicate His truth to “all the nations”, to every people group; every culture, every community, every ethnic group, every religion, every part of society, every school, workplace, home, and every pub. The Great Commission calls on us to communicate the Kingdom of God from those closest to us - our work colleagues, families and friends - to those furthest away from us - to the ‘unreachable’, and ‘unreached’ corners of every nation.
As believers, we are not simply called to preach the need for salvation, but also to make disciples. We must invest just as much time in the later, as the former, and as much time in the former as the later. The two are, and must be, inexplicably linked.