“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].”
Mark 16:15 AMP
Have you ever gone to a supermarket with the intent of buying a specific thing, yet got distracted by the beautiful display of items and bought other things apart from the initial one? This is the sad reality of Christians doing everything apart from the one thing we were sent to do.
Our anchor text reveals an instruction that encapsulates our assignment as believers. We are the Sent Ones. We have been sent to ‘Go’! In today’s reading, we will examine the context, and scope of our assignment.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
From the texts quoted above, we see an important transition of power. In verse 18, Jesus does well to explain the authority He has. In that same breath, He continues by asking us to Go, make disciples and teach them. The same power which He has, is now at our disposal to take the Gospel to all the world (Mark 16:15). This is powerful!
The extent of His power is further explained in Philippians 2:9-11.
With this understanding, we cannot belittle the enormous task placed in our hands. In Christ, God provided salvation. Through us, God is announcing salvation.
It is clear in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 that God will have us continue from where Christ stopped in bringing men to the knowledge of salvation. As His ambassadors, we have to do more to see the Gospel prevail against contending forces in our day.
The book of Acts and the epistles show us how the Apostles ran with the assignment. We have also seen great men of faith spring up and do same. The onus is on us to get up and do more. We have to do better for the coming generation. We must never lose sight of the goal.
Like a relay race, we all have a part to play in ensuring that the assignment is fulfilled. What will you do for your generation and the ones to come? Will you go? (Isaiah 6:8)
Dear friend, God is doing a lot in this season. Do not be caught sleeping. There is work ahead, so you must rise to the occasion (Romans 10:14-15). You need no special call to ministry to reach the lost for God. It is our collective assignment. We have been sent, so we go!
SAY THIS: I am Sent by God. I will not fall asleep at the wheel. I am aligned to the work of God in my time. The Gospel prospers in my generation through my hands, and through my local church. Amen.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 11:17-37, I John 3:11-18, Job 14, Ezekiel 38-39