The Lord Calls Us To Be a Light to the World
Matthew 28: 19-20
“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”
When we read this passage, we need to read it as Jesus’ marching orders. There isn’t a person who has made the decision to follow Jesus who is exempt from this commission. This is about more than just getting someone to pray the “sinner’s prayer.” It’s about equipping them to grow in grace and truth—and be people who take up this mission themselves.
Read the Next three Bible verses very carefully and realize your Responsibility as a Christian.
“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God”
But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself”
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace”
“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
“How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
“But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?’ Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done”
God never coerces us to serve Him, but He continually offers us a choice. The sixth chapter of Isaiah tells of the prophet having a vision of the Lord in His throne room. This sobering vision helped propel him to volunteer to share the Lord’s message.
We, too, are motivated in direct proportion to our experience with God. If we struggle to find the inspiration to share the good news, perhaps it’s time to pray for a deeper revelation of God’s glory and holiness.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”
We’re not sharing a message of condemnation, but one of a God who loves humanity so much that He’d be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that they could be reconciled to Him.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other”
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”
Until we begin to really internalize what’s at stake in evangelism, we will struggle to rightly prioritize it.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’
Why is evangelism so important? Because there is no other way to be reconciled to God but through Jesus Christ.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”
1 Corinthians 2: 1-2
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”