God gives each and every one of us the same mission (through Jesus) after we ask Him to come into our hearts:
All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Mt. 28:18 – 20. AMP
This scripture is commonly referred to as the ‘Great Commission.’ All followers of Christ are called to honor it.
Jesus asked us to love God and love one another. (Jn. 13:34; 15:12; 15:17.) Our entire spiritual walk is based upon these two divine directives. If we truly love one another, then aren’t we bound to share the source of that love (God) with others? Everyone deserves the opportunity to seek and receive the limitless peace, joy, love, abundance and eternal salvation that our Father freely offers. But they can’t have that opportunity unless we tell them!
So when should we begin our heavenly proclamation? We commence it upon our baptism.
Jesus began explaining baptism with these words:
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with , and experience) the kingdom of God. Jn. 3:3 AMP
Christ is alluding to the fact that you cannot enter the kingdom of God by way of having high rank in government or social circles, nor by riches, race, place of birth, knowledge of the world, or through personal deeds. What He is saying is that the entrance into God’s kingdom is only accomplished by allowing God to birth one anew – by changing what is in their heart and by the recipient of that change doing their continued best to live by those changes.
Jesus continued: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:5 NKJV
He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Who sets it forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]… Mk. 16:16 AMP
God requires a water baptism. It is the first formal public confession of your faith. It is also a way that we show others their opportunity to have the same – through our example of faith in God and obedience to His word. Baptism is an outward sign that our faith is blossoming. Without the faith, that act of baptism would be worthless. Water is just water. It is the connection of the water to the word of God through faith, which fulfills our requirement.
Yet water baptism by itself is not the way to salvation. What it is, is a declaration made by the baptized of his or her faith in salvation through the Spirit – a metaphorical demonstration of being re-birthed as a newly cleansed child of God through the forgiveness of their sins.
You are confessing that your old worldly self has been buried (signified by the immersion in water) and that your spiritual self has been resurrected without sin (indicated by rising out of the water).
During baptism we are dying to the life that we had previously lived and to the meanings we brought to the events within it and beginning a new life – the meaning of which is found in the word of God. It begins with the repentance of the actions of your flesh and is sealed as you profess your faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The cleansing blood of Christ completes your true salvation when you ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit in order to be spiritually reborn. Then, your mission begins…
We are instructed to boldly speak of the power of our Creator to everyone around us, including our children:
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. Ps. 145:6, 7. ESV
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. Ps. 145:4 NKJV
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Ps. 145:11 – 13. ESV
Most importantly, because our message is so vital to the present and future state of our potential recipients, we must not judge as to who is worthy to hear it. Everyone has the potential to open his or her hearts:
…do not hold your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. James 2:1 NKJV
Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. Mk. 16:15 AMP
God made us and chose us for this:
…He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Cor. 5:19, 20. NASB
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Mt. 10:27 NASB
“As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” Jn. 20:21 NKJV
…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction…be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Tim. 4:2 & 5. NASB
Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully. 1 Pt. 3:15 AMP
Furthermore, God equips us for it:
…do not be anxious about how or what you are to speak; for what you are to say will be given you in that very hour and moment, for it is not you who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Mt. 10:19, 20. AMP
Don’t forget that it is our actions as well as our words that call people to God:
…in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Tim. 4:12 NASB
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Mt. 5:13, 14 & 16. NKJV
It won’t always be easy because of the resistance from the world, but we can rise above that:
Go your way; behold, I send you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Lk. 10:3 AMP
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:4 NKJV
And we will be blessed for our efforts:
“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Mt. 11:6 NKJV
“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time…and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mk. 10:29, 30. NKJV
Indeed, there is a curse for those who forsake their mission:
“…I have made you a watchman…Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.” Ezek. 33:7 – 9. ESV
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is a blessed and holy one, a matter of life or death for those who receive your efforts – a message we have the God-given privilege to bring, that opens the way for the heavenly journey of their spirit:
Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One). Col. 1:28 AMP
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… Rm. 1:16 NKJV
There is no greater mission.
Bless our Holy Father for the love He gives and entrusts us with. May we embrace a compassionate love for our fellow human beings and be driven with the zeal of the apostle Paul as we deliver it:
…the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:23, 25. NKJV
Turn to the person next to you and tell them the Good News…
Good night and God bless.