Daily Devotional | Evangelism Is A Commission, Not A Suggestion

Matthew 5:16
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Sharing Christ is about being real and demonstrating our faith with conviction and sincerity. God’s call from Scripture is clear. Evangelism is not about catchy slogans, poster boards, tracts, or formulas (although these can be helpful), and it is definitely not arguments and/or confrontations. Rather, it is helping others see Him by how we treat them and live for Him. Evangelism is allowing others to picture Christ in us, not our trying to verbalize without showing Him demonstrated in us. We cannot just say a few sentences and move on. We have to nurture and demonstrate, and be considerate and loving. It is our lives telling His story that the Spirit uses to win people, not just our mouths. Our mouths are to further explain Him.

I believe that God wants to use all of us to bring people to Himself. The book of Proverbs says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). Scripture also tells us, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who turn many to righteousness will shine like stars forever” (Daniel 12:3).

Let’s start with the question of who is called to “go into all the world and preach the gospel?” Answer: You are! We are! Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20).

In the original language, these words are addressed to everyone. Not just pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, but everyone: businessmen, housewives, students . . . everyone. No one is exempt.

This is a command. Jesus is not saying, “If you can find time in your busy schedule, as a personal favor to me, would you mind going into all the world and preaching the gospel?” No, as our Savior, Lord, and Commander-in-Chief. He says “Go!” This is not “The Great Suggestion,” but rather “The Great Commission.”

If I am His disciple, I am commanded to go and make disciples of others. If I am not making disciples of others, then I’m not really being the disciple He wants me to be! For many of us, however, it is “The Great Omission,” instead of “The Great Commission.” We are simply not doing it.

God doesn’t want you to share the gospel out of mere duty, but with joy and passion. One of the most exciting and fulfilling things you can do is tell others about Jesus. This message God has given us was meant to be shared, not hoarded. You were blessed to be a blessing. When you do not share, you begin to stagnate; when you do, you revive. Scripture tells us that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).

Evangelism can be scary. Many Christians will cower away from their call, seeking other things to fulfill the void of that unused call. It is important to seek our Lord’s precepts on who we are in Him, how He can use us, and how He is our love and empowerment for living and for sharing. If not, those distractions we pack into our lives to hide His call will become our god and lord over us, preventing us from taking advantage of the precious opportunities He has for us. These distractions can also prevent our growth and faith development. In faith, we are called to walk in Him. We are not forced to proclaim Him; rather, we are encouraged to live a life of distinction and of service. We have a choice to either impact others for the Lord or cower from our call and live a self-fulfilled life. Saved? Perhaps; but, as the book of James tells us, for what good would it be? We can choose to walk away from, walk around, or walk to the person in need. We can embrace His call to share His love, or we can fill that call with trivial, meaningless, expectations that block our hope in Him. We need to realize the importance and relevance of His call to proclaim His name. When we do so, we are encouraged to stretch out and share that love we received from Christ!

We have a choice: evangelize or fossilize!

Scripture of the day: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; ~ Hebrews 2:3 KJV


Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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