Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 28 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
GO!! That’s what he says – we’ve prayed together, we’ve done ministry together – now it’s your time GO
Church, that is what he says to us – all of us – GO.
We have been given work to do. We have a purpose – Glorify God by enjoying him (as John Piper paraphrases the Westminster Catechism ) and more – to go and tell others that Jesus has come. That the one who can turn life back to the way it should be, the one who fully understands us, the one who will accomplish all that we long for (that’s if we are looking of love and joy and peace etc) and an eternity of fullness of life, has come and has done everything that needs to be done to put everything right – the whole of the created order to what it is intended to be.
BUT wait, there’s more, and Jesus has come so we can know the Triune God in all his fullness, Father Son and Holy Spirit. He has done it.
The time has come for us to GO – why? Because it is urgent!!! The world needs to hear the news about Jesus. It needs to. Our friends need to, our neighbours need to, our work colleagues need to, and our family need to. Life in all its vitality and wonder and joy is best with Jesus. Without him, we live a shadow of a life.
How? Well he said he’s with us. He hasn’t left us. He has given us his Spirit to give us creativity, and boldness, and wisdom. We’re not alone. We can do it – and it’s for all of us.
How? Being a friend is great. Being helpful is wonderful. Being kind is marvellous – BUT we need to speak. It’s daunting. Don’t be put off – pray, pray really hard. Be specific. Lord I want so and so to know you, please help me to be your witness. Lord please give me an opportunity to share your good news today. Lord – give me wisdom and the right words at the right time.
Spend time with Jesus, and with people. Especially if it’s possible, those you’d love to know Him.
Be patient – but look for opportunities.
Listen – really listen. What are people saying? What is happening in their lives. What worries do they have? What is it that scares them and frustrates them.
Ask questions, be interested in them.
Be brave – ask if they have ever been to church. If they are married, were they married in a church? Have they been back to church? What do they think of church.
Do the like reading? Have the ever read the Bible (consistently the best selling book in the world). If not why not. If so what did they think?
Do the believe in God? If so what does God mean to them, what does God look like to them.
Be prepared to give answers – think about your own testimony. What was life like before you met Jesus, how has it been after, what have you learned about yourself and God. How has it helped you knowing Jesus.
Be prepared. Be prepared for God to do way more than you could ever have imagined. Be bold and GO