Some of you may be reading all of these devotionals and listening to all of this talk of discipleship and you may be asking yourself, to what end? At what point is this just a hamster running on a wheel? Why should we live with an urgency to go and share the name of Jesus with our neighbors and across the seas?
The Bible gives us a great explanation for what the end game of this great commission is. In Matthew 24:14 Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” What’s not to love about that?! More people come to know Jesus and then he returns and takes us all home! Now the Bible is clear that no one knows the hour of Christ’s return, however this verse does state that Jesus will return sometime after all the world knows about Him.
This is huge for us as followers of Jesus! For those of you that believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior this broken world is the closest you will ever get to Hell! So if there is a way for us to participate in the drawing near of Christ’s return why are we not actively seeking these opportunities?
The flip side is that all who don’t know and believe in Jesus have a different story. For those who haven’t accepted the good news of eternal life, unfortunately, this broken world is the closest they will ever get to Heaven.
If we have the love of the Father in us, the thought of these people not knowing God should break our hearts (Luke 15). The world is full of sinners just like us that simply haven’t heard the good news that we have. Or maybe they have heard the story of the gospel but they have not heard and experienced the love of Jesus through someone they can trust like their neighbor, co-worker, or family member.
This is where the urgency comes in! We know the key to their salvation! “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). And God in His infinite wisdom has given us a master plan to reach the lost, even to the ends of the earth. 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” This is discipleship.
The only way to reach the lost people of this earth is to tell others about the gospel and encourage them to tell others. Here are some scriptures that teach us what we are called to be obedient to:
1 Peter 2:21
Heavenly Father, we ask that you would give us a heart like yours that would love our neighbors as ourselves. That we would be concerned for their eternal destination as we are our own. We ask that you would grow in us an urgency to share with those around us so that you would be known in all the earth and that your return would come soon.
By JT Sivils