Rev. Walter Albritton preached recently on a Christian’s duty to spread the Gospel message at our church. Walter focused on Jesus’ mandate that we should “go and make disciples.” He stressed that our mission to disciple others begins with Jesus, pointing out that His last command should be our first concern. If we truly worked at spreading the word and making the invitation known to unbelievers, I am totally convinced our world (and that includes the United States) would be a better place for all of us. We should take the command in Matthew 28:19-20 to heart.
The mission to spread the word – according to Walter – continued with Paul. He taught Timothy how to continue the “multiplying principles of discipleship.” Others in that day followed the lead, shared their faith and inspired others to trust Jesus. Walter is correct when he said that “the ball is now in our court.” He said, and I believe it, that “God is depending on us to share the good news about Jesus with folks who need to hear.” That mandate covers lots of folks, including me, and the targeted folks are many in number.
Getting this job done may require a new understanding of what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus. Actually, it’s really very easy – we must first acknowledge and ask forgiveness of our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then we must consistently keep the faith and obey Jesus in our daily lives. Simply put, accept, trust and obey is the answer, and it works. But then the question becomes: will we answer the call and ask God to help us share our faith and make disciples of others? Read 2 Timothy 2:2. While we have plenty of opportunities every single day, the question is what will we do when an opportunity arises?
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