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The Great Commission Heart

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been handed over to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Mark 16:15-18

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Luke 24:45-49

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

John 20:21-23

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Acts 1:8

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

It Obvious

I think we all are familiar with the Great Commission, and if not I listed all five instances above. Today I want to emphasize the importance of evangelism and I hope that this is convicts you as it did me.

If we are in Scripture even just a little bit it is clear that we need to be sharing the good news, in fact many would argue and I would argue as well that it is the single most important part of the Christian life, yes the SINGLE most important. As a student in a seminary that focusses on sending people out it has been a blessing to gain a great commission mind, but I realized what I was lacking, and it was a great commission heart.

What I have Realized

Having spent about a week doing intense evangelism daily, I realized that there are real people, who will spend an eternity in Hell. (Whoa Victor… don’t talk about Hell) I’ve hear that line all to often, and yes I am going to talk about Hell.

151,600 people die each day

The statistics show that 23% of people are confessing Christians, I know we can’t trust that stat  since we know that some who profess Jesus as Lord, truly never knew Him, but its the best we have.

23% of 151,600 is 34,868 that means with some basic math that over 110,000 people daily are being cast into an eternity in hell, and I’m not to sure we can trust that 23% it may be closer to 10%.

I am going to be frank, if you do not have a HEART to see people come to know Christ, it may be because you have yet to experience Christ. We read that once we have been transformed by the grace of God it is a natural by product to desire to see people transformed by Gods grace. I am not saying you have to meet a convert quota, or hit some benchmark or check point. I am saying that in our hearts we should have a deep desire to share what God has done to our hearts.

Be Convicted

Writing that statistic hits my heart, hard. It should hit yours as well, the conviction you may be feeling is living proof that the Spirit is at work in your heart, do not live in guilt and sorrow, use this as a launching pad to share Jesus.

I had the opportunity as many of you know to be a part of Crossover 2018 in Fort Worth Texas, and it was life transforming and convicting at the same time. I had to leave my community to see God work… it was sad, I want to be a light in my own community in fact that is our job, to be a light in darkness.

The motivations for evangelism are numerous—not the least being the eternal concerns of the lost. But it is a deep, internal gospel-identity that makes witnesses. Indeed, it’s those who taste and see that the Lord is good who go on to proclaim his excellencies (1 Pe. 2:3,9).

Since I am crucified with Christ, and Christ now lives in me, therefore it is my great desire that my life be consumed in making him known. Furthermore, in making him known, he makes himself known to me. I am fully myself caught up in him.

So there’s a tasting of Christ that I only smell until I witness. Witness flows from a yearning to taste again what once was enjoyed. Without open statement of Christ, I’m always driving by the bakery at baking time and never feasting on the bread.

Now as I seek to witness to my faith in Jesus Christ, my focus is on God and what he will communicate to me of his presence as I seek to communicate his presence to others. I am no less the hypocrite, but witnessing helps win the battle of faith instead of compound it. The spoils of battle accrue to the other aspects of my spiritual life: prayer becomes more earnest, study more diligent, worship more passionate, loving others more free. I’m beginning to feel the glad weight of necessity upon me to preach Christ. And in doing so, I am never more myself, and never more enthralled in God.

-The Gospel Coalition

 

I plan on writing an entire series on evangelism so please keep an eye out!

In Christ

Victor Gancedo

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