Jesus Christ left the task of making disciples to His Church. A disciple is one who intentionally places themselves under the authority of one more experienced, so they may learn from their life and experiences. In context of the Great Commission, a disciple is a person who intentionally places themselves under the teaching of God’s Word with the goal of becoming more like Christ in their actions, attitudes, passions, and priorities. Before a person can place themselves under the authority of Christ for instruction, he/she must first know Him. Knowing Christ and sharing Christ are inextricably linked. Sharing Christ is the responsibility of every believer. Our sharing of Jesus with others is to be a lifestyle rather than an activity. Why should we share our faith with others? Why should we take time to tell others about the message of hope through Jesus? Why should we take time to verbalize the heart-change we have experienced? Let me suggest a few reasons.
- Jesus left every believer the command to testify of Him. There is something special about the last words a person speaks. At His ascension, Jesus told His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
- Lostness is real. Paul wrote in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Real people die a real death and will come face-to-face with a real God who will execute a real judgment. That a person’s lostness will place them on negative side of God’s judgment should frighten us.
- God’s chosen method for the lost to hear the gospel is for the believer to tell them. I don’t know why God left this tremendous task to us. We are so unfaithful. I am certain God could have found a more productive and effective method of gospel delivery than us. Perhaps His doing so has something to do with the fact that God, through Jesus Christ, redeemed us. Only the redeemed can testify of redemption. Those who have been changed by God’s grace are the most obvious ones to communicate that message to others.
- Someone once cared enough about us to share Christ with us. Do we care enough about the souls of lost friends and family members to tell them of the hope that Jesus Christ offers? I hope we do. Our actions will tell the tale.