by Bro. Richard Davis
Hello, Faithful Reader. My goal as an editor is for The Remnant to go into all the world. Our circulation consists of over 40 countries and most of the U.S. We add readers to our mailing list regularly. Our burden is that souls would find God and make their way to Heaven. We also hope that The Remnant provides encouragement to those who’ve already experienced the grace of God in their hearts.
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” In the Bible, God makes it very clear what the expectations are of His children. Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Jesus told His disciples that he would make them “fishers of men.” Our desire is for others to experience the grace and love of God.
These scriptures refer to what is widely regarded as “the great commission,” which is the commandment from God to go and preach the gospel. We are to teach and guide. This is a large burden, but it is not heavy. Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” There are plenty of missionaries and evangelists who travel the world teaching the Kingdom of God, but “how can I help?” While God calls other men and women to the work in the Kingdom, we may feel like we can’t do much. We have jobs, families, and numerous other responsibilities: How can we just drop everything to “go into all the world?” Satan wants us to believe that we cannot benefit God, but we are all useful to God. He has a plan for each of our lives. So, what can we do?
Did you know that there are people in your town that don’t know much about the Bible? There are probably people in your very neighborhood who don’t know that Jesus died for their sins. The mission field is as close as our front door. Many believers find it hard to broach the subject of religion with others – it has always been controversial. If we pray and ask God to present us with opportunities to witness, He will do it. God wants the great commission to go forward. As we witness and seek honest hearts, remember that the disciples met with people who were not interested and filled with unbelief. Don’t let resistance discourage you. Press on for God.
Living our lives for God will create a visible witness. 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” As we walk for God, people may take notice; they may even ask questions about our experience. Be ready! This is our opportunity to fulfill the great commission. We should avoid being over-zealous, and instead be meek and careful.
Living a holy life is a strong witness by itself, but we should not rely solely on our visible witness. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth and declare the works of the Lord. Acts 19:10, “And this continued by the space of two years: so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus…” Notice that it says all Asia heard. John 8:28says, “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”
Our personal witness is one of the strongest tools we have in our outreach efforts. Psalm 66:16, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.” Speak, declare, tell, and proclaim… the Bible is full of these words. As you consider the idea of the great commission, as you think about sharing your story of God’s grace; is there someone that comes to your mind? Is there someone you are thinking of right now?
The Bible tells us to preach the gospel to every creature, and we have to start somewhere!