And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” Mark 16:15
Have you heard this order?
I believe the order/command from this passage is given to every Christian and Church that God has raised up.
With “mission impossible” completed, Jesus left this earth, but not before giving an assignment to His agents. He had a job for them to do, but it was no secret mission. He spoke publicly about the task and never called His people private agents. Every Christian is appointed by God to share his or her faith. The layman should have just as much of a burden as the pastor.
In fact, God has put people in the layman’s world that the pastor or missionary could never reach. Adoniram Judson, the great missionary of Burma, spoke this thought about sharing the Gospel, “The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for Life’.” Are you fulfilling your responsibility to share your faith? Are you reaching the people God has put in your world? Don’t leave it up to the missionary. It is your job, too. This can be challenging for many people. We often believe that being a Christian means going to church, believing Christ died for us and to obey the 10 commandments. Although those things are true, Christianity is a lot deeper than that, and one essential part of christianity is evangelism. If you truly love your neighbour wouldn’t you want him to hear the good news too? This is why as christians we must take the initiative to tell others about the gospel whenever the opportunity presents itself. We cannot leave the task of evangelism to pastors or missionaries, as Christ followers we must take action too.
God wants every believer to have an evangelistic spirit. We need to have a burden for the neighbour across the street or the missionary work across the world.
The vehicle for evangelism is the local church. Whether it is participating in missions programs, broadcast ministries, youth programs, or other outreaches, it is our duty to support God’s work.
Get involved in spreading the Gospel. It is our greatest assignment.
This Christmas is there someone around you that God is asking you to share His story with?