Imagine if you went to a Church that required each person to share the Gospel with someone new every single week. Would you go to that Church? Now imagine if that same Church was full of people that embraced this obligation and felt honored to be ordered to bear witness of Jesus. Would you think they are a bunch of weirdos? Now imagine if the members of the Church not only embraced this obligation, but were lovingly zealous in their duties, sharing the Gospel with two, five, ten people each week, not because they had to but because they wanted to.
The Church I described is not a thing of fiction, it is a reality. Granted, not every building that has the word Church above its doors looks like this, but it should. For this is exactly what Christ has established as head of the Church. Jesus commanded His disciples to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19). This is the great commission, not the great suggestion. The early Church took this command seriously, for they passionately proclaimed the Gospel. To see this, just read the book of Acts. The question is what would cause such obedience? Listen to the early Church’s prayer in Acts 4:24-31.
“And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, "'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'-- 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
They early Church had a very big view of God. They saw Him, not only as Lord, but Sovereign Lord, meaning that He is the ultimate authority in the Universe. They also believed that everything that had taken place up until that point was predestined by God to take place. This view that they were a part of a Sovereign God’s plan was the foundation for which the Spirit of God launched them to share the Good News. There is something motivating about the awesomeness of God that compels obedience and evangelism.
An example of this can be seen in Isaiah 6. Isaiah was brought before the throne of God where Seraphim were proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" Their worship of God shook the temple. While this happened, Isaiah stood in absolute awe. The first words out of God’s mouth were, “"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Without hesitation and without any questioning Isaiah said, “Here am I! Send me.” This is wild. Isaiah had no clue where, when or to whom he was being sent. All he knew was that the Sovereign God of the Universe was looking for someone to partner with and Isaiah was all in.
In today’s Churches there is a movement away from preaching and teaching the Sovereignty of God. Instead of lifting up God and beholding His awesomeness, pastors preach primarily, if not always, self-help sermons, and then we wonder why our nation is now a secular nation. We wonder why there are less and less Christians. The answer is simple, no one is sharing the Gospel. Why? Because the catalyst to the Great Commission is the Sovereignty of God. The more we behold God as high and lifted up, the more we will jump at every opportunity to be sent by Him, whether it be to our family, our neighbors, our schools, our workplace, our nation, or across the World. The greater our God, the greater our witness.