As a young Christian, I used to ask myself, “Is there any other thing I can do as part of my commitment to God, apart from going to church every Sunday? This sounds a little embarrassing, but I know many out there ask the same question as I used to.
But, later I learnt that there are multitudes of things I can do, because I’m not just a Christian, but a disciple of Jesus Christ, commissioned to carry the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people (the lost sheep) – be it rich, poor, educated, uneducated, young or old, … all alike to the ends of the earth.
All of us are qualified for discipleship regardless of who we are. This is a responsibility upon each and every Christian’s shoulders that we should carry on all our life time. Christ commands us to go and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey all that He has commanded. He says in Matthew 28:19-20 NLT that, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God chose each and every one of us for a great purpose, He’s set you and me apart, from the world, to preach the Good News to the lost people. How do I do that? We ask! Well, let’s see Ephesians 4:7 NIV, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” With the grace given to each one of us also came along with various gifts for doing certain things well. Romans 12:6-8 NLT says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
We have got no excuse to give because He has given us everything we need to do the work. Whatever reasons we may have and whatever excuses we may give, God saw all that long before.
Before Prophet Jeremiah knew his calling, in his first encounter with God he thought his “age” excuse could be good enough to let him off God’s hook. [Jeremiah 1:5-9] God has nothing to do with anyone’s age or inability to speak once He appoints you for a mission. He made you and all that you are, therefore He can do whatever He pleases through you. Our fears do not apply to God’s calling. God equips us with everything necessary for the calling upon our lives. We are vessels He’s made to use. God filled the very areas Jeremiah felt empty:
- Insecurity – verse 8, “Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.”
- What to speak – verse 9, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!”
Jonah, who thought could go his own way and run away from God’s calling, forgetting that he was running away from God running towards God. [Jonah 1:1-17]
God is everywhere no matter where you go and no matter how far you go. [Psalm 139:7-12]
None of us is outside God’s grace. We are all covered. God found us, He chose us, and has appointed us to go and bear fruit. We do not belong to ourselves, that’s why we should always humble ourselves before Him and let His will be done. Let everything we do be linked to the Gospel of truth – the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ so that even before we speak, people around us could experience the effect of the God we serve, the God who is with us, the God who works in – through – and around us. Let our lives be an instrument that creates a conducive atmosphere for the world [the lost people] to come to know Christ.
God Bless You!