Jesus said go and make disciples of all nations. He did not say send someone else to go and make disciples. Jesus never intended for the work of His kingdom to be relegated to “professionals”. While it is wonderful that we have pastors and missionaries who devote themselves to ministry full-time, Jesus has called every believer to make disciples.
While we ought to send and support missionaries it does not let us off the hook. As believers, we are all called to be missionaries wherever we go.
When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone?
Sadly many American Christians go for weeks, months, possibly even years without sharing the gospel because we do not recognize that it is our responsibility as believers to do so.
In the United States today, believers and especially young believers are obsessed with finding the will of God for their lives. Where does God want me to go to College? Who does God want me to marry? What does God want me to do with my life? These are all questions that many people are asking. But in all of our seeking after the will of God, we often miss the fact that God has revealed His will for our lives in His word.
According to 1 Thessalonians 4:3 the will of God is that we would be sanctified. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us that the will of God is that we would rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:19 that making disciples of all nations is the will of God. Scripture declares what our lives, as believers, are to look like.
What is the will of God?
It is that we would live according to Scripture in every area of our lives, that every believer would be sanctified and shaped into the likeness of Christ and that others would be reconciled to God through us. God may call you to a specific job or ministry but regardless you are called to become more like Christ and to make disciples.
The problem with full-time missionaries is that we believe that it is their job to make disciples when in fact it is our job as well.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Are you making disciples? Are you seeking first His kingdom? Or are you seeking all of these other things because you believe that His kingdom is someone else’s responsibility to seek?