Today’s text is known as “The Great Commission”:
“Then the 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. 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.’”— (Matthew 28:16-20 NIV)
We recently had a soul-winning team from Florida visiting our church. They were in town for one week and reported that they prayed with 152 people to receive Christ as Savior.
I was elated, of course, to hear this wonderful news. But after I thought about it, I was somewhat embarrassed. God had to send servants from out of town to do what we should be doing in our city on a daily basis: winning lost souls to Christ.
It is as though we have forgotten that Christ Jesus did not die for brick and mortar or church buildings. He died to save the lives of hurting humanity.
The Great Commission has become a mere omission in the lives of most believers. All we have being doing is coming to church, while the Bible also commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. Thank God for having houses of worship, but most of them are half-empty because we are not winning lost souls.
The church also is called the body of Christ, and a healthy body has mobility. Let’s mobilize and evangelize lost souls in our community.
As we come to the end of what is known as the Church Age, remember that every believer must stand before the judgment seat of Christ. We will not be judged for being righteous or unrighteous because we have been made right with God through Christ. However, we will have to account for our work on Earth, and Christ has placed high priority on winning others into the kingdom of God.
Here is a memorable quote from my Bible-college chancellor, Dr. Rodney Parsley: “The apex of all Christian endeavor must become to place the jewel of a soul in His crown.”
Deason is the senior pastor of Liberty Prayer Chapel, executive director of the Liberty County Manna House and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County.