Reach Out To Your World!
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
Your primary responsibility on earth is to preach the Gospel to those in your world; making disciples or students of those in your sphere of contact. That’s what Jesus meant when He said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”
That word “nations” is the Greek “ethnos,” which refers to a group of people with common interest, characteristics or vision; those who’re in the same trade with you. If you’re an athlete for example, your fellow athletes are in your “ethnos”—that’s your world, where the Lord expects you to make students or pupils.
Making disciples of those in your “ethnos” means reaching out to them with the message of the Gospel; teaching them how to live by God’s Word: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
The Lord Jesus told a parable about the Kingdom of heaven saying, it “is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Matthew 13:44). What was more important to the man wasn’t the field but the treasure in the field. In the same way, God is more interested in the souls you can win to Him in your sphere of contact.
The preaching of the Gospel is not optional but something we must all do. It’s not only for the evangelists or pastors. It’s for every Christian. The reason you’re on your job is because God sent you there to turn those in darkness to His marvellous light. He wants you to reach out to them with the message of eternal life.
I thank you for demonstrating your trust in me by sending me to the world as your ambassador. I thank you for making me a minister of reconciliation; today, by the power of the Spirit, I’m faithful and effective in winning the lost in my world to you, turning them from darkness into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:20; Mark 16:15-18