Go and make disciples …

Go and make disciples in all the nations (Matt. 20:19)
Dr. J C Kurudamannil

Fire exists by burning. The church exist by preaching the Word of God and believing it. When God has a task to be performed He seeks a suitable person who would obey without reservation what He is commanded to.

God gave Noah a vision of Ark; and he built it as directed….
God gave Abraham the vision of a city and he looked for it…
He gave Nehemiah the vision of a wall and he repaired it;

He gave the Apostle Paul a vision of evangelizing the whole world… he covered the earth with the message of Christ, sparing no pains. We are given the same Great Commission.. Evangelist Mathew reminds us that the good news of the kingdom of God has to be preached through out the world, for a witness to all man kind, and then will come the end (Mt:24:14). The commission is valid today and will continue to be so, until the Good News is preached to all nations. The commission must be understood to include social action evangelism and healing ministry as Jesus mentioned in the Nazareth Manifesto. Christianity is concerned with the whole personality – body, soul and spirit. It alone has the power to cope with life, for the Lord has given it the strength.

Analysing the grammar involved in the commission, the main verb is to make disciples. The rest are participles – going teaching, baptising. Therefore we should not be satisfied with anything less than the fulfillment of the commission – to make disciples of all nations.

The church and the missionary movements should be acting on war footing and not simply like country clubs. Often we are infatuated by the going. Lately we see that many indigenous missionary bodies hold their annual conferences abroad. The participants may obtain a sort of thrill from such exercises, but no one else is benefited, while people are starving for the word of life, there is no justification for any extravaganza, why should anyone hear the gospel twice before every could hear it once?

The great Apostle Paul availed his opportunity of the audience of imperial dignitaries of Rome, Felix, Festus and Agrippa. When Paul was summered by Felix, to defend his faith, he went on discussing about goodness, self control and the coming day of judgment. Felix was afraid and said, “You may leave now. I will call you again when I get the chance (Acts. 24:25).

Before King Agrippa, Paul presented his position so eloquently that Festus the governor shouted at him and told him that he was mad. (Acts. 26:19-25). At the close of the trial or interview as the case may be both of the dignitaries agreed on the comment: “This man has not done anything for which he should die or be put in prison (Acts 26:30-32).

Hearing the logical presentation of Paul’s testimony and a respectful challenge, Agrippa blurted out “almost thou persuades me to be a Christian. The Living Bible presents it almost as a sarcastic interruption with trivial proofs like these, you expect me become a Christian?

That may be enough to disarm an average witness. But not so with Paul – “Whether my arguments are trivial or strong, you and the rest of you who are listening to me to day might become what I am, except of course for these chains. That is evangelist par excellence.

In the Epistle to the Philippians, reminding the reader, of the humility and greatness of Jesus, Paul prayed that all being will honour the name of Jesus and fall on their knees and proclaim, Christ is the Lord to the glory of God the Father.

May we emulate the great Apostle and be good evangelists.