The church is not a social club where you come to meet people and make business connections. The church is not a religious group that does good deeds for people to make themselves feel better. The church is a hospital for sinners.
People are sick with a disease called ‘sin’ and the church has the answer. Our vision is to reach people who are far from God so they can experience life in Christ and become fully engaged followers.
We have been given instructions. Matthew 28: 18-20 says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 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.”
Did you notice the word “go”? It is an action word. It is aggressive, not passive. It is going to take some movement and some initiation.
Alexander the Great was a military General. He conquered the known world at the age of 22. Someone once asked one of his soldiers what the key to Alexander’s military success was. The soldier answered, “His men follow his orders.”
We need to stop talking about the orders, we need to stop dissecting the orders, we need to stop worrying about who is or is not qualified to carry out the orders and just go follow the orders!
Every poll and every survey says that Americans are more interested in spiritual things now than ever before. Not less but MORE! We must be about the orders…tell your story, share your faith, give out the gospel. People are more desperate to hear than we are to share.
We must have the vision to get the gospel in the heart of everyone on the planet. Let me encourage you today to call, text, write, Facebook or tweet someone and tell them your story. Tell them that Jesus saves. Invite them to church this Sunday.
Lets follow the orders!