The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) begins at home. The first Christians were instructed to be witnesses to Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ultimately, the remotest parts of the earth. As each generation becomes involved in carrying out the Great Commission, each Christian starts in his own Jerusalem at home. A Christian is to witness to others by his life and words. Then as he contributes to the spreading of the gospel from home to the remotest parts of the earth, a Christian has three potential levels of involvement; He can pray, give, or go. Each believer must do the first two: pray and give. Some will accept the challenge to go. The more we pray and give, the more believers can go.
Praise the Lord who brought you the message of salvation: “All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom” (Psalm 145:10-12).
Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,but a spirit of power,of love and of self-discipline” (1 Timothy 1:7).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- A stronger desire to be like Christ,
- To pursue the Great Commission,
- To evangelize effectively.
Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “which God will bring about in his own time —God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized withwater,but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:1-8).