Making a Mockery of the Great Commission
Our business as Christians is to make disciples of all nations. Thatís what weíre here for. By life or by death, by what we do and do not do, in body and in spirit, our business is to work for the expansion of Godís kingdom on earth.
It is easily possible for us to so focus on our own little communities of faith that we come dangerously close to making a mockery of the Great Commission. Such an attitude is a serious symptom. It reveals a growing disease of the spirit that could become an incurable malignancy. Churches that are in this in-grown state are not concerned about it. There is no doubt about the crisis but our conduct is not rising to the occasion.
Theoretically and theologically we may believe in the Great Commission, but our belief does not motivate much activity. The situation around the world is desperate, but we are not. We drug and dope our consciences and allow things to go on as things have always gone. A sense of urgency for world evangelization is fast disappearing from us.
Demas had to choose between Paul and this world (2 Tim. 4:10), and he chose the world. This is a choice that every Christian, and every church, has to make. In Matthew 9:35-38 we see that Jesus went and went and went to all the cities and villages, teaching, preaching, and healing. Wherever He went He left a trail of blessing. This same Jesus lives in all of us who know Him. This ought to make a difference.
I encourage all of us to go ďall outĒ for Jesus. He deserves it. Let the dead bury the dead. Itís time to plow a straight furrow looking straight ahead.
November 6, 2009
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com.