The Great Commission has no condition.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “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,”
He did not say “Go if you’re free” nor “Go if you feel on fire”. He just said GO, and I believe it’s a bright green signal for us to proclaim the gospel and be His witnesses all over the world, whenever, however and whatever it takes.
God values our obedience more than what we know about certain doctrines. It is our expression of love towards Him. L. Tom Perry once said, “Obedience is an emblem of our faith.”
Now, I want to share something I read years ago from Charles Spurgeon’s book, Being God’s Friend. He enumerated Six (6) Kinds of Obedience That Faith Produces which we can remember as we respond to the Great Commission.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Obedience is for present tense; it must be prompt, or it is nothing. Obedience respects the time of the command as much as any part of it. You will be quick to do your Lord’s commands and you won’t be like a horse which needs whip and spur.
Our sense of immediacy to the Great Commission is as important as how time is to God. We want to win souls as early as now, so the people who will be saved can get the chance to fully savor the life lived for God. It is the most beautiful thing in the world to witness someone’s life gets a 180-degree turn, isn’t it?
Do all that the Lord commands and be very careful not to withhold any part of the revenue of obedience.
We are called to “go and make disciples”. Meaning, as we go, we should also have the intention to treat them as our brothers and sisters, share our lives to them, encourage them and lead them closer to God. We don’t want to go and proclaim the gospel then just leave them behind.
When the Lord commanded Abraham to leave his father’s house, he did not say that he would think about it. He did not discuss pros and cons. He was called to go out and he went out.
As what I have mentioned above, the Great Commission has no condition so there is no need to weigh down options. Jesus called us to go, so we will go.
Those who practice the obedience of faith look for future reward. For them, to take up the cross will be to carry a burden, but it will also be to find rest. They know the saying, “no cross, no crown.”
When we share the gospel, we are not just aiming for a life changed, but for crowns as well. But, it’s not just for our crowns, but for their crowns as well as they take action and obey God in His commands to them.
Obey without question. It is not ours to judge the Lord’s commands but to follow them. There isn’t much need to preach caution nowadays.
I will let Romans 9:20 explain this further. It says there, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
By faith, Abraham obeyed and to the end of his life he was never an original speculator but a submissive servant of Lord who condescended to call him “friend”. Do not cultivate doubt or you will soon cultivate disobedience.
There’s a chance in the future that we will get tired of preaching the gospel. It may be because of financial issue, physical illness, family matter, we don’t know. But as long as we live, I pray that we will seize our strength in sharing our faith to others, no matter what. May we live in continuous obedience until the end, and may we never ever doubt.