How many of you out there know what ‘The Great Commission” is? I read a Christian research poll sometime back that stated that 8 out of 10 Christians had no idea what the Great Commission is. To me those are some startling facts, so, today I want to shed some light on the subject and tell you what The Great Commission is; it’s found in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to …Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The Great Commission is to go into all the world and make disciples. The word commission means to grant power or authority to carry out a duty or a task. There in Matthew we saw that Jesus called His disciples and He granted them authority to carry out the task of going into all the world and making disciples of all nations. The word “disciple” means, a student, a learner, it’s someone who understands. Let me put it this way; Jesus spent 3 1/2 years making disciples; He trained them, He taught them about the kingdom, how it works, what they were to do with it, and then He told them, “now you go out make disciples and teach them to do what I told you to do.” What did he tell them to do? Heal the sick, cast out devils, and raise the dead, freely you have received freely give. So if they went about teaching others to do what they did then it’s impossible that miracles ended when they died, because they told other people to go and do the same thing, then those people taught others to do the same thing, and on and on until it got to our day. So, today, we should be doing the same thing and we should be teaching other people to do the same thing.
1 John 3:17-18 says, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in Him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” Do you see there where it says goods, the (s) there was added by the translators and it wasn’t originally there. It literally says, whoever has this world’s good. God’s children (the church) have what’s good for the world, the world doesn’t know it but we have it. The church world has been great about doing good things like feeding the poor and we should do good things but folks, we should have a purpose behind it, so that we can gain an entrance into the lives of the lost and dying world around us, bring them into the kingdom of God, disciple them, and they can go do like wise. That’s what Jesus said, “Go make disciples of all nations.” Jesus began the work, then He handed off the baton to man and basically said, “now run the race, build the kingdom, make disciples; freely you have received, now freely give!”