“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed”
Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission. His dedication to the Great Commission made him one of the most influential missionaries and mission leaders in history. His passion was for all people, not simply those easiest to reach, to be saved. He famously said, “If I had a thousand lives to live, I would give them all to China.”
Quick! Which command in the Bible do you actively and openly choose to disobey? I didn’t ask, “do you sin?” OR “Do you ever disobey God?” Even the apostle Paul observed that he frequently did what he did not want to do and he did not do what he wanted to do. (Rom 7:18f) If you are a Christian you don’t really want to admit that you intentionally rebel against God. We love him because he first loved us and this love compels us to obey.
As Hudson Taylor reminds us in the quote above, the Great Commission – “Go make disciples of all nations…” is a pretty clear command. Money, preaching, and prayer are important, however this verse does not say:
- Give, make disciples of all nations
- Pray for others to make disciples of all nations
- Preach so others will commit to make disciples of all nations
Actually, the verse is personal and painfully clear.
What are you doing to make disciples of all nations?
God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, guide me into a lifestyle that makes me obedient to your Great Commission. I will give, pray, and preach but I hear your call for me to personally join your mission of making disciples of all nations.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com