Summary: Many people have only a foggy notion of what the great commission is all about. (Matt 28:18-20) It is essential to realize that the first words that Jesus gave the disciples and last words focused on multiplication of disciples. In Matthew 4:19-21 Jesus s
Dispelling the Fog About the Great Commission
1. Many people have only a foggy notion of what the great commission is all about. (Matt 28:18-20) It is essential to realize that the first words that Jesus gave the disciples and last words focused on multiplication of disciples. In Matthew 4:19-21 Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men and they left all and followed Him.” In the great commission Jesus re-emphasized the importance of multiplying reproducers by insisting that the disciples following, obeying and becoming a disciple-maker they would be best fulfilling Christ’s will for their lives.
Illustration: - Some are reaping all they can ... But it is not enough!
- Jesus believed that results are proportionate to means used.
You can use a combine on the corn.
It’s people that harvest people.
How did you come to know the Lord?
.0001% .........TV or Crusade
1-2% ............. Cold turkey evangelism
2-4% ............. Church program
3-6% ............. Sunday School
4-6% ............. "Walk-in"
6-8% ............. Minister
74% ............. Friends and relatives
Too many Christians need to look more thoroughly at the reasons why they have failed to fully comprehend and obey the great commission of our Lord Jesus. It is our duty to reach the lost, it is not an optional part of God’s will. Jesus said, “Even the Son of man has come to seek and to save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10) We need to be more like Jesus and do more to search out the lost and to do everything we can to bring as many as possible to a saving faith in our Lord Jesus before it is too late.
2. The following are just are few of the reasons why many believers in Christ are going to be poorly prepared for the judgment day when what they have done on earth will be tested by fire and only the gold, silver and precious stones will survive. (I Cor. 3:12-15) These people will not be able to hear Jesus said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things: now I will put you in charge of many things.” (Matt. 25:23, 24)
1. Many people do not see God as a missionary Lord. God told Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse, and ALL PEOPLES on earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen. 12:1-3)
2. Many people do not see Jesus as a missionary Lord. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15,16)
3. Many people do not recognize the Holy Spirit as a missionary Lord. Jesus said, “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto the utter most parts of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
4. Most Christians do not follow Christ’s kingdom expansion priority thinking, believing or behaving. The Lord Jesus made it clear that He wants us to make a top priority over allowing Him to reign and rule in our hearts and in the hearts of everyone on the earth when He said, “O you of little faith, do not worry saying, “What shall we eat and what shall we drink or what shall we wear.
For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:31-33)
5. Most Christians are only investing a small amount into their eternal bank accounts. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also ” (Matt 6:19-21)
Most churches give less than 2% of their giving to missions. Less than one-third of one percent of world wide Christian giving goes toward the reaching of the 2.7 billion people on the planet who are yet to hear a clear presentation of the gospel. If we sow little in the areas where that are ripest for the harvest it stands to reason that there will be little eternal fruit or reward that we can look forward to.
6. Many Christians resemble the one talent person instead of the ten-talent servant. The servant came back to the Master and said, “Sir, here is your talent, I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man, You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow. His master replied, “I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant!