One word, with so much meaning behind it. It’s a command, and it’s a challenge. Why do so many of us find it so difficult to accomplish? This commission has been one of my greatest struggles, but I also feel that it is one of my greatest callings. I think the devil tries his hardest to keep us from what God is calling us to, and sometimes we give in. For many of us, it’s so easy to fall into spirits of anger, apathy, fear, greed or lust: these terrible things that destroy our witness. When we’re operating out of these sinful mindsets, we are not able to accomplish the will of God.
When we’re stuck in sin, which I like to more commonly refer to as selfishness, it’s impossible to love others. Loving God and loving others is the root of all good works. Loving others is evangelism. Why would we follow the great commission if we didn’t love God? Why would we care about making disciples if we didn’t love others?
Many of us, including myself, need to get serious about this call, this mandate to spread the good news to the ends of the earth. And to do this, we must battle the things that hold us back. The good news is, if we strive to resist the devil, he will flee (James 4:7). And when we obey God, abiding in the vine, we will bear fruit (John 15:5). Take those two promises and run with them. Run like you want to win, and always remember the last words of Jesus:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20