What is the Great Commission? This term is sometimes mentioned in the church however I feel this subject is something that is often undermined and not taken at full value. So today I’m going to go more in depth on what the Great Commission is.
The great commission is referenced in multiple books of the bible: Matthew 28:19-20 NIV states “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.” Mark 16:15 NIV says “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'” Notice how it says to make disciples of all nations and go into all the world rather than simply countries. The word nations in Greek is ethnos which means ethnic groups. God doesn’t want us to reach all countries to accomplish the Great Commission but every ethnicity or in other words ethnic groups.
God desires to bring back his original creation. Until the Kingdom of God is here, we’re to go to all the nations and preach the gospel. The gospel is the good news, and that good news is that we have a New King; one that is Greater than any king we have ever had in the history of kings. He is the Lord of Lords and the Almighty, the one who lovingly sacrificed his son so that he could have a relationship with us.
God from the beginning was instructing his people to go fulfill the Great Commission. We see one of the very first instances of this with Abraham in Genesis 12:1 when the Lord tells him to “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” After the first sin was committed in the garden, the Lord’s goal has been to restore the beauty and order we once had. To “go” means a change of location. God doesn’t just want a certain people to be saved but he wants All of His people to be redeemed. We see this in 2 Peter 3:9. 2 Peter chapter 3 talks about the coming of the Lord and warns people to be prepared for his coming. The Passion Translation states in verse 9 that “contrary to man’s perspective, the Lord is not late with his promise to return, as some measure lateness. But rather, his ‘delay’ simply reveals his loving patience toward you, because he does not want any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
God is being patient with us to share the gospel. Don’t settle for not delivering the good news to people, this is why you were chosen. The Bible says many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14), and that the path to destruction is wide but the path of the righteous is narrow and leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13). Our relationship with God isn’t just for ourselves, we did not become saved so we can hold onto it in a selfish manner but it was intended for us to share that salvation with others.
How do you want to spend your life? In the comfort of everyday life or living radically for God?
We all have a part to play, the Great Commission isn’t fulfilled by one person alone but rather the whole body of Christ. Jesus explains this in a parable of the three servants. Matthew 25:14-30 states “Again, heaven’s kingdom realm is like the wealthy man who went on a long journey and summoned all his trusted servants and assigned his financial management over to them. Before he left on his journey, he entrusted a bag of five thousand gold coins to one of his servants, to another a bag of two thousand gold coins, and to the third a bag of one thousand gold coins, each according to his ability to manage. “The one entrusted with five thousand gold coins immediately went out and traded with the money, and he doubled his investment. In the same way, the one who was entrusted with two thousand gold coins traded with the sum and likewise doubled his investment. But the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. “After much time had passed, the master returned to settle accounts with his servants. The one who was entrusted with five thousand gold coins came and brought ten thousand, saying, ‘See, I have doubled your money.’ “Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you have been a faithful steward to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Come celebrate with me!”’ “Then the one who had been entrusted with two thousand gold coins came in and said, ‘See, my master, I have doubled what you have entrusted to me.’ “Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Come celebrate with me!”’ “Then the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins came to his master and said, ‘Look, sir. I know that you are a hard man to please and you’re a shrewd and ruthless businessman who grows rich on the backs of others. I was afraid of you, so I went and hid your money and buried it in the ground. But here it is—take it, it’s yours.’ Angered by what he heard, the master said to him, ‘You’re an untrustworthy and lazy servant! If you knew I was a shrewd and ruthless business man who always makes a profit, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? Then I would have received it all back with interest when I returned. But because you were unfaithful, I will take the one thousand gold coins and give them to the one who has ten thousand.For the one who has will be given more, until he overflows with abundance. And the one with hardly anything, even what little he has will be taken from him.’ “Then the master said to his other servants, ‘Now, throw that good-for-nothing servant far away from me into the outer darkness, where there will be great misery and anguish!’”
I don’t know about you but the thought of that is terrifying. When the Lord speaks, we’re to listen intently and pay close attention. We’re responsible for the knowledge and revelation that the Lord gives us, which includes the good news of Jesus and salvation. The Word says to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).
With all that being said missions are so important for the body of Christ to embark on. It isn’t for us but for the Lord. I don’t want to miss out on what the Lord is doing in the entire world, do you? One person could change an entire nation by being obedient to God.
Now something to keep in mind is that your role played in the Great Commission can look very different. For instance, God may be physically calling you to be a missionary and be a light to a specific people or God could be calling you to support a specific missionary or ministry organization. Believe it or not, you sowing into missions is an act of playing your part in the Great Commission. You reap the blessing that comes from the works that the Lord is doing through the person/ministry you’re sowing into. Another very important role is simply taking time each day to ask the Lord what nations he wants you to pray for.
Did you know that 40% of the world have never heard the name of Jesus? There are 7.53 billion people in the world so that means that there are 4,518,000,000 who have never heard about the Good News. That is a crazy amount however did you know that if just 37 people alone took time to disciple two people every six months (four in a year) it would only take 15 years to reach 9 billion people. We have to count the cost, and really if you think about it we already counted the cost when we decided to give our lives to Christ. There are some things that we’re going to have to say no to or miss out on but its worth it when we consider where someone will be spending eternity.
Think about it, your obedience to God could be the determining factor of where someone spends eternity.
So continue to count the cost and commit your life to the Lord because he not only cares for you but for all of his other children who are lost also.
God’s character shows that he will go to the ends of the earth for us. The fact that he cares so much about where everyone spends eternity blows my mind. He genuinely cares about his creation, we’re priceless to him. This challenges me to ask for more revelation of his love for others so that I can successfully fulfill the Great Commission.
Be empowered and take up your cross. Lets Change this broken World.❤