Matthew: 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit.” NLT
When I was quite young, I was sure that God would ask me to go to Africa or India or someplace like that to be a missionary. That is a common reaction to this Scripture. Jesus does call us to reach the world for Him. It isn’t possible for each of us to be a “missionary” to foreign lands. How then should we respond to His great commission?
Recall the incident in ISamuel in the 30th chapter where some of David’s army were too tired to continue chasing the enemy? David allowed some of his soldiers to stay behind to wait and rest. When David and his men returned after defeating the foe, some of his soldiers felt that the “spoils” should not be shared with the men who stayed out of the battle. David responded this way in verses 23-24: “But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike…those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” NLT
I think that some Christians are to support those on the front line….the evangelists, prophets, and missionaries, by giving of their resources and by praying. Those who labor on the front line of the battle against Satan need our prayer to undergird and to strengthen them.
When we support organizations like the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Gideons International, Samaritan’s Purse, and especially our own missionaries, we are helping to carry out the command of Jesus to go into all the world. I have heard it said that, “If you are not a missionary; then you are a mission field”. We ARE a missionary when we give, pray, and support those who work around the world to tell others about Jesus and His love.
Witnessing is complex. It is not a single “one size fits all” proposition. You may be one who is out “beating the bushes” to bring souls to Christ. Or you may be one who waits, “guarding the equipment.” But, be sure that you are in the battle!
I like this old hymn by Charles H. Gabriel:
There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave, “Send the light! Send the Light!”
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, “Send the light! Send the light!”
Send the light, the blessed gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore!