Summary: The Church must be personally and individually involved in soul winning and not leave evangelism to a professional "clergy"
II. SO SEND I YOU
Dr. Russell Tardo
Scripture Reference: Luke 14:15-24.
In this passage of scripture, Jesus is speaking of the Great Supper. Jesus had given the invitation. All the people had to do was to obey and they would be permitted to dine, however, with countless excuses, they refused the invitation. Consequently, Jesus said to take the invitation to the outcasts, the derelicts, the impoverished, the despised, the forsaken. Because the Jews refused, the invitation was given to the Gentiles, those who were considered to be beggars, despised, and unworthy. They are the ones who will gratefully accept the invitation that is offered and will sit at the Lord’s table with Him.
The Eastern custom was to have a full table. It was considered an honor to be asked to dine and by the same token, it was considered a grave insult to the host if one refused his invitation.
1Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. [Lk. 15:1-2]
Here one sees that the publicans and sinners wanted to hear what the pious Jews did not want to hear. These verses and those following show the importance of every individual. The joy over the recovery of one lost sheep has a spiritual message. For the Lord says that there is more joy in heaven over the repentance of one sinner then over 99 just persons who need no repentance. There is joy in the Good Shepherd Himself and it is this joy in Christ which makes the angels in heaven joyful also. All heaven rejoices when someone is saved.
Numerous times God’s Word reveals that evangelism is high on God’s priority list and this is something every believer knows. However, it has not been high on the list of many believers. The Great Commission has been neglected by many today. We might say we believe the Great Commission, but our actions speak louder than words and unfortunately, speak quite the contrary. If we truly believed the Great Commission, then we’d be more evangelistic.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. [Lk. 19:10]
Christ came actively pursuing and saving those with whom He came in contact, i.e., publicans and sinners.
As my Father has sent me, so send I you. [Jo. 20:21]
Thus the responsibility for soul winning was passed along to believers where it now rests. Believers are to go out and compel them to come in. The same Great Commission is found in Matthew 28, Luke 24 and Mark 16 and all those passages state that the responsibility to preach the gospel to every creature is the believers. Believers are commissioned to testify of Him.
Witnessing is not something we have to pray about regarding God’s will in the matter. His will on the subject is clear as it has been set forth in the Great Commission. Witnessing should be automatic. What we has to pray for is an "open door" and the only time a believer should not witness is when he is given a direct word not to.
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also. [Acts 17:6]