By Pastor Josephine Lopez
Jesus made the most important invitation in Matthew 28:18-20. He even told us the extent of his authority, under which this endeavor will operate (“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”), He also gave specific instructions for the mission (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”), and promise not just His oversight and support, but His own presence and intimate involvement. (“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)
What are the things we need to know?
- The Mission – is the church’s evangelistic efforts to reach the unreached and engage the unengaged. Taking the gospel across the street and to one’s own friends and family and coworkers and associates is vital. This is the work of local mission, which we often call evangelism. The call to the unreached and unengaged is not only for current and future missionaries but for the whole church because this Great Commission is a venture we share in together. Yes, there are two distinct callings, but there is one team, one Lord, one Great
- The World Harvest – the salvation of this global God must be offered to the ends of the earth. It is time to truly go global with the grace we’ve received. Let’s embrace the wonderful calling to cross cultures to bring the gospel to a people group that otherwise has no access. Others can be an engaged sender — one who is actively involved in the financial and prayer support of sending and sustaining missionaries to the unreached and the unengaged.
- The Global Christian – becoming a global Christian means that, wherever you live, or even as you give yourself to making disciples to your current mission field (campuses, offices, houses or communities) to which you’ve been sent, you connect your efforts with the Global Cause, among peoples reached and unreached, and pray and dream and give toward completing the task of resourcing and flourishing the ministries abroad; but still maintaining vibrancy and fruitfulness at home. A Global Christian aims to become international and
culturally flexible that one can soon fit in and further the gospel anywhere.
Always remember the GREAT PROMISE. The Lord has made a promise to reward in Mark 10:28-30 which says, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time …”