This post is the 3rd entry in a 10 part series on Why I think Pastors should be Personally Involved in International Missions. It’s written specifically to Pastors but the principles apply to all leaders in the church. If you would like top start from the beginning, click here.
Reason #3: Because Jesus Said So
I feel like I need to make a disclaimer about getting this one out of the way, but… Everybody turn in your bibles to Matthew 28.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”
We’ve all preached it more times than we can remember. We’ve debated and discussed the proper tense of “Go”. We have rightly exposited the meaning of “Ethne”. and we have properly put before our people the duel realities that the command is based on Jesus’ authority and empowered by His presence. You know this text backwards and upside down.
But are you being obedient to it? Are you actually doing what it says? Are you personally involved in making disciples of all nations?
And I get it, you don’t have to get on an airplane to make disciples. I echo the sentiment that people who don’t make disciples at home don’t become disciple makers when they stamp their passport. So, I will go ahead and assume that your week is more than busy doing the difficult work of disciple making exactly where God has got you.
I also celebrate the recent cultural trend that would bring the ethne to our own neighborhoods. Our sovereign God is moving and shaping and bringing about His purposes. What a glorious opportunity for the gospel! So, I will go ahead and assume that you’re actively involved in trying to make disciples of every nation exactly where God has got you.
But, there are people on this planet who will be born, and who will die, that will never hear of Jesus. So, while it is entirely possible that God has given you unprecedented opportunity to make disciples of all nations exactly where He’s got you— I beg you to check your heart and make sure you’re not using that as an excuse to not engage. By all means, be a good steward of your time and your energies for God’s Kingdom. But the command to make disciples of all nations is not simply something to be correctly preached. It’s something to be correctly obeyed.
You are not just the messenger. You are a disciple. And disciples are either obedient to their Master or they’re not actually disciples.