For the Good News must first be preached to all nations. —Mark 13:10
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. —Matthew 24:14
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 18:18-20
Somebody once said to me, “Why should some people hear the gospel repeatedly when there are others who have not heard it even once?” That is an interesting question to ponder. The fact of the matter is that millions upon millions and multiple 100’s of millions of people have yet to hear the gospel to become one of Jesus’ disciples.
What are you and I doing about that? What is the local church we are part of doing about it? What is the church in our region, our state or our nation doing about that?
What does it take to share the gospel and make disciples? A huge money roll? The latest technology? A large church? A small church? A church in between? All these things and much more may come into play, but to share the gospel and make disciples is to share with others what the Lord has shared with us. All we need has been given to us. Look at the Apostles. They did not have a huge money roll. What technology did they or Jesus use? They surely were a small group of people to start with. What did they do? They shared the gospel with all they knew and then to those they did not know and disciples were made. The Holy Spirit of God does the work as we are obedient in doing our part.
Have you shared the gospel lately? That is the first step in making disciples. Then, when someone comes to the Lord, are you spending time with that person to share with them what God has taught you? If you are not doing these basic things, individually or with other believers, then you are not involved in the discipleship process. We are to be a disciple that makes disciples that will make disciples… All this as we yield to the Holy Spirit of God.
So, how are you and I doing in our obedience to Jesus? How much do we really love Him? Acts 1:8/Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:21; 15:8).
Dear Father, help us to be faithful disciples in the authority of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. May it be so!