Helping you and those you disciple enjoy daily life with God
All Eyes on the Great Commission
by Ron Susek
©Golden Quill Publication
A good friend and former board member of SEA, Reverend Chet Joines, sent an outline to me that will help keep our eyes fixed on the Great Commission. The disciples did not question the impossibility of the task, they just did it. I will add a short commentary after each point, hoping that we become as compelled as the twelve men who changed the course of world history.
1. The Disciples Needed Proof (Acts 1:3): The disciples were not simpletons. If they were going to sacrifice their lives for Jesus, they had to be certain they were not making a mistake. For forty days following His resurrection, Jesus made appearances, giving infallible proof that He, the Son of God, was alive. Further, He taught them about His Father's kingdom.
2. The Disciples Needed Power (Acts 1:4.5): A unique power would be needed for them to prevail over powers of darkness and persuade non-believers. Jesus had already told them that it was good for Him to depart so that the empowering Holy Spirit could come. Now the time of divine enduement had come.
3. They Needed God's Perspective (Acts 1:6-7): Jesus corrected their expectation of an immediate kingdom. He told them that His Father had a fixed hour, one that only the Father knew, when His kingdom would come. They were to rest that matter with God and focus on getting people into the kingdom.
4. The Disciples Needed a Plan (Acts 1:8): The plan was not found in a structured organization, but in expending their lives to bear witness of the Savior. Jesus reiterated what He had told them on the mount in the Great Commission, which was that they were to bear witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
5. The Disciples Needed a Promise (Acts 1:9-11): In the Great Commission Jesus promised to go with them to the end of the age. Now, as Jesus ascended on high, two men standing near the disciples assured them that He would return.
These five facts set them aflame. The task called for their faithfulness, out of which God would bring fulfillment.
Not one Christian on earth can sidestep the fact that this same commission falls upon our shoulders. We are to continue reaching to the ends of the earth with the Gospel. And we have all the promises and enablement given to the disciples.
Chet Joines quotes Herbert W. Kane as saying, "The church that does not evangelize will fossilize."
The hour is too late for church leaders to spend all their time in the nursery giving milk to whining Christians who refuse to grow. Now is the time for all hearty, obedient souls to rush to the frontline of battle to bear witness of Jesus Christ.
Soon the last convert will enter the kingdom, the trumpet will sound and we will stand before our Lord. Prepare now for a glorious reward!
Immanuel: God is with you!