“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 I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19, 20)
There is a duty that is inevitable for all those who accept Christ as their Saviour. It is the duty of sharing the good news of the gospel with others. When the of Samarita woman discovered Jesus, she encouraged others to know Him and «many of Samaritans of the city believe in Him because of the word of woman” (John 4:39). Tie demon-possessed man from Gadarenes who was freed by the power of Christ, proclaimed in Decapolis «the great things Jesus had done for him» (Mark 5:20, NLT). After being healed, two blind men made Christ known in all that land (Matt. 9:31). Obviously, each of them began serving God by talking about what Christ had done in their lives, and they did it by starting in the place where they lived.
Sadly, not everyone believes they are worthy of this assignment. They look at their own faults, limitations, and past mistakes and indefinitely postpone the fulfillment of their mission. If this was the correct attitude, the Samaritan woman would never have talked about Christ, nor would have the ex-demon-possessed, nor would you and l. Though we all need to be purified and reflect Christ’s character, the great commission consists not in looking at ourselves, but in presenting Jesus as a compassionate Friend and by inviting others to follow Him.
It was the day of her baptism and Elsa could only cry. She had just argued with a policewoman who, not knowing her struggles, reminded her every fault she had committed. She was about to change her mind and lose the opportunity of starting a new life. She came close to backing out. However, someone encouraged her to stop looking at herself and to trust the Savior’s forgiveness and His merits. In the prison of Chillan, Elsa not only continued studying the Bible, but she also started to teach other young inmates about the Redeemer’s power and love. It only took a few months for many other inmates who were inspired by her testimony to surrender their hearts to Christ.
How about you? Don’t wait until you are in a better condition to fulfill the great commission. Take your eyes off yourself and turn them to Jesus. There are people close to us who need to hear a message of mercy from those who have experienced the same anguish.