Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
This is the season when Christians in the entire world are reflecting on the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. This is the time we are celebrating and appreciating His loving-kindness and mercy He had bestowed upon humanity by leaving His glory behind in order to reach forth in our filthy world to save us from self destruction. His blood made difference in our redemption. He bore the judgment of our sins, and took our shame so that we can be received in the beauty of His glory. He died so that we can live. Today we are call children of God because we are redeemed by His blood. Amazingly although these were all great and marvelous deeds, but this is not the areas he wanted us to direct our focus, rather He wanted to look forward, and live within His commandment. One of the commandments of Jesus Christ is to continue in the work that brought Him to our planet—work of salvation. It is believed that He had completed His own part of the salvation processes. It is our duties to fulfill our own side of the duty. Accepting salvation plan of Jesus Christ may be an important step in our Christendom, but it was not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is when we go out there and began to tell other about Jesus Christ and the purpose of His mission of mercy on earth. It one thing for us to receive salvation it is another thing to share the joy of the blessing of salvation that we have received with other people. Until we become a blessing unto others, we cannot come out boldly and declared that we are complete in Him.
Why we must not fail in this Great Commission
The mission of mercy that led to our salvation is the responsibility of all Christians. It is the divine project that saw us to His righteous side and therefore it is the work of our Father in Heaven. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) If truly we call ourselves children of God, we have responsibility to place priority upon the divine salvation plan and make ourselves available to be an instrument in the hands of God to bring the message of the gospel to others.
We always hear of standing in gap for others perhaps we do not know what it really entails. Let us look inward intently to shed light upon this issue. The journey that led to our salvation was begun by Jesus Christ. He reproduced Himself in the twelve apostles to be the anchorman of our salvation after this He made Himself a sacrifice for our redemption. The persecutors thought that they have conquered whatever Christ represented in the mind of the then believers, but little did they know that the secret of the kingdom of Jesus Christ had been revealed to these twelve apostles. Although Christ died on the Cross, but He continued to live in the mind of the faithful apostles who continued faithfully and they shook the entire world with the gospel of Jesus Christ until it reached our own part of the world. The Heavenly Father spoke through Prophet Ezekiel, ”I look for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, so I would not have to destroy it but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30) People in the gap are the faithful intermediaries between God and mankind that are seeking the face of God fervently in prayer and travail self in the wisdom of God in order that they may bring people to the knowledge of God. They are the people that go into the world in the strength of the word of God that the light of the gospel should shine throughout the entire world.
Nature has bestowed us with solutions to our every problem.
Jesus Christ says, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against.” (Matthew 16:18) This is a declaration from the wealth of wisdom of the Heavenly Father that at times we misinterpreted. Jesus was not referring to the Cathedral in any modern cities, nor the temple or synagogue in the city of Jerusalem. Jesus Christ was expanding the scope of His mission on earth which was hidden from the understanding wise but was revealed to the lowly. Christians, the elects that have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ are the building blocks of the Church of Jesus Christ. These are the people that His love has molded and shaped in the hands of the Master Builder. Some are molded to become the foundation stones of the church; some are shaped to be the pillars of the church, some as the corner stones, some the building blocks. That is why we have so many ministries in the church of Jesus Christ today, starting with the five-fold ministry to other integral aspect of the activities of the church. Ministering in the church is not limited to preaching the word of God, is not limited to the activities of prayer-warriors and evangelism. It does not end with the choirs and the activities of the deacons. Some thought cleaning and dusting the chairs in readiness for the services of the Lord on Sunday morning, in the vine-yard of God is not a ministry. Or perhaps the janitors that are always the first person to be in the church and the last person to leave are not ministers. The mistake we always make is that we think we can only stand on the pulpit before we can minister to people. This is not so. As the cleaners are gathering dust unto themselves in an attempt to make the house of the Lord clean, so that the elects can worship God in a clean environment, the same way they will be gathered among the saints in the presence of God at last. The janitor who was the first person to be in the church might have opened the door to the heavenly host that came to fellowship with the children of God unknowingly. Do you think that the services of these faithful children of God will be ignored when they get to the presence of the Father in Heaven? At least the heavenly host will recognize the person who have opened the door and the last person to see them off in the church. In any capacity we can function in the vineyard of God, we have responsibility to be part of building block of the Church Jesus Christ.
It is interesting to know that salvation, deliverance and healing of many is attached to our faithfulness in the vine yard of God. If that unbeliever around you became a Christian and established a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ, it is definitely the result of the effort of someone who stands in gap in terms of preaching the word and intercessory prayer for the soul. If healing and deliverance takes place in a congregation, we all agree that it is a miracle. But it is simply the result of faithfulness of some who cried to God in prayer. If you do not sow, you cannot have expectation of reaping. And in a point blank truth, that the world around us have not become believers it is because we did not plant the seed of the truth in their good ground. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:13-14) If we do not sow the seed of the spirit of God in terms of reaching out with the word of God, prayer and showing loving kindness towards people around us, we should not expect spiritual increase in their lives.
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world. You are like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden…In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16) Salt is usually invisible when it’s added to our food, but the taste of it is noticed in our tongue. Jesus Christ referred to the taste of salt to express how our inward spirit, which is invisible, should create attention that will minister to the spirit of the people we touch for the glory of God. In the same vein, He referred to the visible brightness of light to express how our outward appearance, our utterances and deeds should create a brilliant peace and a righteous attention that will give glory to God to the outside world. People pay more attention to the life of a Christian than the gospel of Jesus Christ that the Christian preach to them. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) If Jesus Christ will find faithful people when He shall come back, it will be the faithfulness of His ambassadors. The Christians are the hope and the foundation of the next generation of Christians.
Today atrocities engulfed our cities. Sinfulness is on the increase. Self-centeredness wickedness that have not been known before are taking place. Man is now faced with so many difficult challenges that he had not experienced in the past. We wonder why all these are happening. The reason is not far fetched. It is simply because the individual Christians are keeping their relationship with God to themselves. We are keeping our salvation to ourselves; we pray for ourselves, we are asking for blessing for ourselves without minding the thousands that are perishing by our sides. This is why sorrow abounds round about us. Our positive and faithful attitude towards this great commission will create a saint in humanity and a better and peaceful environment for people to dwell in the love of God. On the other hand, our lazier-faire attitude towards salvation of others will certainly create monsters among humanity and their sorrow and gnashing of teeth may reach our hearing. Wake up soldier of Christ and re-examine your Christian responsibilities towards God and towards your fellow human beings. Take up the mantle of this great calling that will usher mankind into the kingdom of God. The mission had been blessed from the beginning. It is certain that your effort will not be in vain in Jesus name.