When one experience the new birth they come into a system of faith. This faith is believing the unseen, the unknown and the untouchable from a spiritual perspective. By faith we believe, we know and are able to touch him through our prayers were divinity meets humanity. Having this life changing experience, our response to the great commission should be a joyful one. Someone had done it so we can be saved today, it should become our pleasure to do the same.
Commission Given By Jesus Christ
Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” This commission is a sowing of the seed of the word of God into the hearts of men. Today many laws are been enforced to suppress this order given to us by Jesus Christ. The question is, how can we be effective in carrying out this commission in the face of stringent laws?
Threats Against The Great Commission
Are you desiring to telling others about Jesus and are bombarded with fear? Are the laws of men suppressing your ability to tell someone you know who is in need of salvation about the goodness of God? Nothing surprises God, God knows what the plans of the enemy will be and there is nothing new under the sun. From ancient times human have been threatened by the enemy for the name of Jesus Christ. Remember from scripture, in St. John 9 the man that was born blind and Jesus healed him. Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath day which was an offense to the laws that were established by man.The Pharisees questioned the man who was heal not caring about him being healed. They were more concerned that someone wasn’t keep their law They went on further to question the parents for verification because it was known that this man was born blind. This was a marvelous miracle that took place with their son in which the parents should be grateful for and be outspoken about, but fear suppressed them. When they were being questioned they told the Pharisees John 9: 21 about their son “He is of age ask him; he shall speak for himself” The Bible tells us in the next verse (John 9: 22) “These words spake the parents, because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue” The parents rather to be apart of the ‘status quo’ than to glorify God for giving sight to their child who was blind from birth and is now loose from that deficiency and can now be a possible blessing to them. Darkness does not like light because the light will expose the evil of the heart. That is why the enemy of our soul uses every device possible to stop the spreading of the gospel. Jesus was here to fulfill a mission. This mission was prophesied in Isaiah 61:1-3 and the fulfillment began in Luke 4: 17- 21. In Jesus’ time there were oppositions but Jesus lived a life of prayer and fasting in communion with the Father which is an example for us to be effective being led by the Holy Spirit. The Bible has the tools for us to be effective in soul winning.
Joy Of Carrying Out The Commission
We know that not everyone will be saved, some have already given themselves over to the devil and are being used by him. Paul had told us in 2 Thessalonians 3: 2 “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith” Jesus also told us in Matthew 7: 6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under feet, and turn again and rend you” This shows how precious the word of God is, and we must be wise in how we use it and to who we tell it and when we tell. Again, Jesus said in Matthew 10: 14 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust off your feet” All these sayings gives us the understanding that the gospel will be resisted and not easily accepted. The question still lingers, how can we be effective in carrying out this commission in the face of stringent laws?
The Bible tells us in John 3: 8 “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth, so is every one that is born of the Spirit” All that is happening in this world and all that the enemy is doing there is no way he can stop the move of God. He can fight but he can’t prevail. Everyone of us that is born of the Spirit must keep in tune with the Holy Spirit in prayer and fasting so we can be led by the Spirit and discern the move of the Holy Spirit so we can know what God would want us to do in His timing. God is able to give us specific instructions either through dreams, visions, impression upon our spirit, open visions or His audible voice. As the wind blow and we are not able to tell the direction where it come from or where it is going so it is when we are operating by the leading of the Holy Spirit. First fear is taken away, we are bold as a lion, our confidence in Christ and knowing who he is will increase and we will be strong and do exploits.
Once we are in tune, God will defend His word through signs and wonders. The Bible tells us 1 John 2: 20 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things” There will be a move of God because the saints are praying and there will be a shift in the realm of the spirit that many of who are creating the laws to hinder people from telling others about the gospel of Jesus will become uncomfortable with the evil they are doing. Many will come to Jesus like Nicodemus because the Spirit of God will touching lives and making transformations. The obedient will come into the grace but the rebellious and stiff-necked will be cut off.
Power To Stand And Be Effective
Once we are willing to despise the shame like Jesus did, then we will be able to stand up against all odds and do as He commanded because we will not be shaken by the strange wind of criticism, the ruling principalities fighting against the will of God because Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24: 14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come” Peter and the Apostles were thrown in prison for the gospel and later were delivered by an angel and were instructed by that angel in Acts 5: 20 to “go stand and speak in the temple to the people the words of this life’ The angel did not say o.k boys it was a hard thing you went through go home and get some rest. The angel instructed them go and speak knowing that their speaking brings trouble. Jesus had already told His disciples in Matthew 10: 34 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” This sword of the word of God cuts asunder, it discern the intent of the heart and exposes evil. Being obedient to the instruction by the angel to speak the word of this life, Peter and the disciples were held again and were brought before the council. They were questioned but “Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God than man” Being confident when there is a divine move of God and follow his leading all power must subject to the authority of Jesus Christ.
Let us arise and let not the laws instituted by man hinder the command of Jesus Christ. It shall not be an excuse for not carrying out the commission given to us. Jesus had laid these task on us, we are His hands, feet and mouth extended. Isaiah told us in Isaiah 50: 4 “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned” This goes to show that the Lord equips His people to be effective in kingdom building. There is no excuse and our reward is sure and no one can take our crown.
Let us rise to the action so that our master Jesus Christ can be glorified. Let us stand in the face of adversity and count all our achievements, titles, friends, possessions, things gained to us loss for Christ. Yes let us count them loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Let us count them as dung that we may win Christ. Paul was once a hindrance to the gospel but when his soul was renewed he rose up in the face of adversity and preach Christ and Him crucified. If Paul did it we can do it.