Commission or Omission

flag-globeI just finished listening to Pastor’s message from this past Sunday titled, Characteristics of a Soul-Winner’s Heart and my heart was stirred to write this short post.

Matthew 28.19-20 gives the local church our marching orders, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Notice the three all-encompassing words:

  1. Go ye therefore and teach all nations.
    Our Lord’s charge to us is to teach all nations. Do you and I really believe this? This past week our youth group went door-to-door down in Souderton. Now let’s admit, Souderton is not a booming metropolis, but I was overwhelmed with all the streets and the homes that line those streets. Realizing that behind each door moms and dads, boys and girls, grandmoms and grandpas reside. Do you ever consider as you drive around Quakertown that you are responsible that the person in the car in the lane next to you?What an overwhelming responsibility that is given to us, as believers!
  2. Teaching them to observe all things.
    The Great Commission is not complete until those who have born-again have been taught to observe all things. Simply said, once a person has been saved the Great Commission is only half-way complete. Many times we work hard to see a soul saved and then either give up or relax in our discipleship afterwards. We need a new resolve and plan to teach new converts how to observe those commands of our Lord.We must be diligent about both parts of the Great Commission!
  3. I am with you alway.
    What a comforting reassurance that while we aggressively give the gospel to each individual that we have the presence of God Almighty in the person of the Holy Spirit!

So what portion of the Great Commission do you occupy? Don’t be content with teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir or serving as an usher. Every Christian is to be a soul-winning Christian! So, would you call it the Great Commission or the Great Ommission?

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