“’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 lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”
Witnessing. It is one word that, for a long time, I dreaded. And sometimes I still get nervous when I hear it. The first thing that pops into my head when I hear that word is me going up to someone, completely forgetting what I was going to say, looking really silly, finally gaining the right words, and then the other person getting offended. Sound familiar?
I can’t help but think that making disciples of all the nations is a big deal. It was Jesus’ final command to His disciples. I know that it is important not just for them, but also for us. As Christians, we need to present God’s love to unbelievers in a way that honors God. How do we do this?
In Matthew 10:5-42, Jesus gives instructions to the disciples on how to spread the good news of Christ. I’m going to hit the highlights:
- Jesus told His disciples many times in this passage to NOT FEAR. Romans 8:31 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” We have God on our side! We don’t need to fear anything.
- Jesus also told the disciples to NOT WORRY about what to say. Matthew 10:19-20 says, “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Isn’t that so cool?! We are God’s messengers on earth. He will give us the right words to say – we just have to say them.
- Jesus mentions in verses 24-26 of chapter 10 that people called him the devil then and that people would say that the disciples were from the devil. Jesus says not to fear them (Matthew 10:26). There are going to be people that reject the gospel. We just need to continue to pray for them.
- I would like to finish up with Matthew 10:27: “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” Now, I’m pretty sure that Jesus doesn’t mean for us to try to balance ourselves on top of the roofs of our houses, but He does mean that we need to BOLDLY proclaim His word!! We have already been promised that God will be with us, that we have nothing to fear, and that God will give us the words to say. Now we just need to go out and make some disciples!!
P.S. There is an awesome prayer for boldness in Acts 4:23-31. I would encourage you to look it up – and see what the power of prayer can do!!