GO. It’s Not a Calling. It’s a Commandment.
Many times it’s been said that God must call us to do things like evangelize. So we wait for His calling. And we wait.
And wait more.
But if we’re honest, we really don’t know what that calling looks like or feels like.
The question is: Is it a calling? Or something else?
Last Sunday our church celebrated GO Sunday. The emphasis of the whole day was to identify God’s commandment for us to “go into all the world and preach the gospel,” and then to inspire our people to participate on a plethora of different levels. (Yes! I used the word plethora! Woohoo!)
Some amazing things happened!
Many of our people committed to missional lifestyles: from supporting children all over the world through Compassion International to establishing a new Good News Club in an elementary public school to share the gospel with children on a weekly basis.
Short-term missions trips were formed.
Our people joined local and foreign missions efforts.
Checks were written.
Commitments were made.
We were motivated. And we took action.
People all over the world will hear the gospel for the first time, and children will receive medical care and education in many other countries.
All because of a major emphasis our pastor uttered that Sunday morning.
What Did He Say?
“The Great Commission is not a calling. It’s a commandment.”
Sometimes we confuse calling with commandment. We look at a calling to be something abstract and emotional. We accept it only if it fits our personalities and skill sets. We adhere to it if it fits our gifting.
And God does call us to certain tasks. These tasks do fit our personalities, skills, and gifting. Sometimes.
He calls different people to do different things.
But the Great Commission is not a calling. It’s not something we must determine if it fits who we are as individuals.
It’s a commandment that every believer in Christ must take up.
What Is the Mission of the Church? What is the Mission of Missions?
My dad made this statement to me the other day: The mission of the Church is Missions. And the mission of Missions is the Church.
So if we wanna call it a calling, cool. Then we’re all called. But we’re all commanded.
Think about this: Jesus could have commanded His angels to take this mission.
He could’ve created another species of incredible beings who refuse to be distracted, who don’t allow persecution to sway them, or who aren’t shaken by culture or politics.
But He didn’t. He chose us.
You and me–to take His mission.
Isn’t that an incredible thought? The Master has chosen us to be the carriers of His masterful plan of salvation!
Why would any of us shirk that commandment and turn it into something other than what it really is?
Take up His cross and follow!
Refuse to be distracted!
Don’t allow persecution to sway!
And don’t be shaken by the affairs of this world.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 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.
What are your thoughts on calling vs. commandment regarding evangelism? How has your church taken up this commandment? How have you taken it?
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