There is a disease which is crippling the body of Christ, specifically in this nation. Its name is apathy. It is brought on by a sense of comfort and security, often in excess. Too long has the assembly of believers in this country idled while the enemy produces a masterful work. Too long have we as followers of Christ said nothing as people who are lost, trapped in hatred, and controlled by the enemy, destroy themselves and others. No longer is it enough to say nothing. No longer may we be willing to indulge ourselves for the sake of our own comfort. The church of the United States of America is quickly reaching a breaking point, with our status quo not a viable option.
People spew hatred at Christians, and our persecution will only increase in the coming years; however, these are the people who most need to be confronted with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, not as a pacifier for a lonely time only to be discarded later, but as a Lord and loving Father, to whom we desperately cling.
Consider this your commission. You are hereby commissioned, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, to be an agent of redemption – to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ. When someone is commissioned, they are given the full authority of the agency or person commissioning them, in order to accomplish a certain goal. This means that we have the full authority of Jesus Christ to preach the good news, to make disciples, to baptize, to teach others to obey everything He has commanded us, and ultimately, to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the ends of the Earth.
This commission might seem grand or unattainable, but the plan is simple. 1 Timothy 4:16 lays it out in two parts, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” Some translations read, “Take heed to yourself.” We must devote ourselves to drawing nearer to the Father each day, and deepening our relationship with him. We must continually reevaluate where we are spiritually. Next, we must make sure we know what we believe, and why we believe it. This comes from committing ourselves to study of Scripture. If we do these two things, then we will save both ourselves and our “hearers,” who can be anyone who listens to us, or anyone over whom we have influence. This two part plan combines the passion and power of the Holy Spirit, which motivates and empowers us to accomplish this commission, and the wisdom and knowledge from study of Scripture, which guides us in exactly how to fulfill our calling.
Remember – we’re fighting from victory, not for victory.
In the coming weeks, we will learn more of what it means to be commissioned, how to fulfill our commission, and how to combine the power of the Holy Spirit with the wisdom which comes from studying God’s Word. I encourage you to explore more of the resources for spiritual growth found on this website. My prayer for you comes directly from Philippians 1:9-11, “…that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
“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 28:19-20
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” -Mark 16:15-16
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” –Acts 1:8
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” -1 Timothy 4:16
Author’s Note: Future posts will follow more of a “devotion” format, focusing on a passage of Scripture and applying it to our lives.