Or they should be. We have all received Christ’s Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words]…” Mt. 28:19 AMP
Fortunately, God never leaves us at a loss. He sent the Holy Spirit to the apostle Paul so that he could teach his disciple Timothy how to lead the church. And knowing how to be a church leader is something all God’s children should learn, because we are all walking, talking and acting ambassadors of the church of Christ.
So, we come from the same place Jesus came from, when we represent Him – from love and faithfulness:
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Tim. 1:5 ESV
And before we get too far into the how of our commission, we must ground ourselves into the why:
…God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time… 1 Tim. 2:3 – 6. NKJV
Our Creator wants everyone to be saved; and the only way for that to happen, is for all to be led into a personal relation with God through Christ. So, we must testify:
And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness: He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh, was justified and vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. 1 Tim. 3:16 AMP
We have to ‘train’ for our mission, separating ourselves from the ways of the world, and walk by the spirit. Godly behavior is a reflection of our faith in God’s word, which locks us into His kingdom. We stay strong by staying in His word; and we’ll need that strength when we come up against ungodly resistance:
Have nothing to do with irrelevant, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness…for godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for that life to come. 1 Tim. 4:7, 8. ESV
For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 1 Tim. 4:10 NKJV
Let’s return to seeing how we attend to our ‘commission’:
…pursue righteous, godliness, faith, love, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which you were also called… 1 Tim. 6:11, 12. NKJV
…keep the commandment unstained and free of reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ… 1 Tim. 6:14 ESV
Paul wrote a similar command to his disciple Titus, with regards to the self-conduct needed to confess God’s word:
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy word [of God] as it was taught to him, so that he will be able both to give accurate instruction in sound [reliable, error-free] doctrine and to refute those who contradict [it by explaining their error]. Titus 1:9 AMP
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned…so that everything may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Titus 2:7, 8 & 10. ESV
Okay. We’re out there ready to spread the word. What is our leading message?
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify of Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11 – 14. NKJV
…when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4 – 7. NKJV
Returning to Paul’s message to Timothy, we see how God equips us for spreading His salvation message:
For God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV
We are meant to use that power to deliver the message, keeping it pure, and teach others to spread the word as well:
By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us guard the good deposit entrusted to you. 2 Tim. 1:14 ESV
…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Tim. 2:1, 2. NKJV
Again, all of this requires that we stay in the word of God:
Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, correctly handling and skillfully teaching the word of Truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 AMP
Remember though, do not let your knowledge puff you up, but rather stay humble in the task that you have been entrusted with. You are saving lives, as you tell the good news with gentleness – disarming the hearer with love:
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 2 Tim. 2:24 – 26. NKJV
Paul is saying that we need to be intimately familiar with the accurate meanings of God’s word (via the Holy Spirit), so that we are always prepared to engage in communication that is rich in salvation for the ears of the recipient. And to be the most effective, the speaker must be one who has separated him or herself from the ways of the world.
Finally, Paul sends us on our way, reminding us that time is of the essence:
…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and understanding. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching…As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Tim. 4:2, 3 & 5. ESV
God wants all His children out soldiering for His kingdom, gathering souls for their salvation – while there are still people willing to receive His message.
That is the greatest love we can show to others, presenting them with a chance to latch onto endless love. Whether they accept it or not is entirely up to them. We can tell Jesus that we did our part.
You’re equipped, you’re ready – get on out there!
Goodnight and God bless.