Paul never met the living God even though he spent most of his life in the temple or in scriptural study. Paul had to find Jesus on the Damascus Road. Blind Bartimaeus called out for his healing while Jesus walked on the Jericho Road. Even the Ethiopian eunuch met Philip on the Gaza Road. What’s my point? If you want to meet with God, if you want to see miracles today…get out of your pew and get hit the road.
The Great Commission is called that referring to the word great as chief in importance. What is the most important word in this the most important of all of Jesus’ words to His followers? The word GO.
Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus said, all the authority has been given to me, because of that fact you go and make disciples. He is delegating His authority to us, His followers, to make disciples. Can this be done effectively with a “Build it and they will come” theology? Don’t get me wrong. Churches should advertise, have community events and use whatever techniques they can to draw people into church BUT…that is not how the vast majority of people come to Jesus. No, it happens in homes, schools, jobs and in the streets through servant evangelism. One thing is for sure, Jesus was clear about His command to go. So why is it most Christians have never shared their faith with anyone outside church?
What part of “Go” don’t we understand?