MEMORISE : Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:
that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
JOHN 15 : 16.
READ : MATTHEW 28 : 18 – 20.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 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. Amen.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 5 – 6 AND LUKE 2 : 1 – 21.
In addition to opening our mouth in prayer, opening our mouth as witnesses of
Jesus is another obligation we must perform. Evangelical outreach is for all
children of God; not for God’s ministers alone. We must all bear fruit of souls
into God’s Kingdom as commanded by our Lord in today’s memory verse. To back
us up in this obligation, our Lord Jesus Christ assures us that all power in
heaven and on earth belongs to Him.
It is therefore a settled matter that no power on earth or in the spiritual
world can stop us from carrying out His instructions. We are therefore
inexcusable if we fail to win souls.
He instructed us to go and # teach all nations, baptising them in the Name of
the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Ghost. The Great commission
therefore involves teaching. Let us pause and think about what this
assignment of teaching means.
To teach is to expound truths that will bring about change in the taught. We
are faced with a two-pronged problem in the area of fulfilling this assignment
One aspect of this problem is that the teacher who is supposed to expound the
truth is often afraid of what the reaction of the student would be to a demand
for change; hence, he shuts his mouth. But the Bible in 2 Timothy 4 : 2 says :
” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
The other aspect of this problem is that the people to be taught are not
comfortable with the cry for “Change”. They do not want to be ‘intimidated’ by
the ‘dos and don’ts’ of their new found faith in Christ. Such people are
deceiving themselves because the Bible does not say we are called into
lawlessness. As a matter of fact and whether we believe it or not, a yoke of
‘learning and changes’ is attached to our calling into the faith. Jesus in
Mathew 11 : 29a said :
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;”
It is our duty as children of God to open our mouths wide to this perverted
generation and teach them the counsel of God without fear or favour. I was in
a church sometime last year and I heard a sister teaching on tithes. In order
to make people accept the doctrine of tithing, she said they could start by
giving 5% of their income and gradually increase it! What an erroneous
teaching! We must not hold back the truth from those we are sent to. This is
the only way our fruit can endure, and then our prayer will be answered.
ACTION POINT :
Determine to properly disciple your converts through sound teaching of the
Bible from today.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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