The Great Commission is a Challenge
Marty Kessler | October 29, 2021

It is about making disciples by telling folks about Jesus. He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

Like Jesus, when we try to reach folks with this saving message we face rejection or ridicule. Friends may be lost and family members may start to avoid us.

Yes, I seem to remember him saying something like, “If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul’, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:25).

We may be tempted to wish the great commission was about something else.

Why can’t the great commission just be about attending worship and Bible classes?

How about if we just make sure to hit the “like button” for spiritual posts on Facebook? Isn’t that preaching the gospel?

What if I make a financial contribution to those who talk to others about Jesus? If I do that, do I still have to tell others too?

Or what if I just think kind thoughts about the lost and pray for them? Surely my feeling really bad about their lostness counts towards spreading Jesus’ gospel and making disciples for him? Huh? Does it, huh?

Oh, I just remembered! Jesus said that if I confess him before men, he will confess me before his Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32). Wow! Imagine that!?!? Jesus, standing there before God and everyone saying my name with pride! My name. Spoken by the Lord of lords and the King of kings! Won’t that be something!

What is hearing your name from the Good Lord’s lips worth to you?!?!

Besides, you might just find someone who will listen to you. After all, you listened to someone.