Since I started attending Victory in 1993, the message has remained the same – go and make disciples.
Consistent. Steady. Reliable. Relentless. Incessant. Unchanging.
Four gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all present the Great Commission in some shape or fashion.
Matthew? Make disciples. (28:19)
Mark? Preach the gospel. (16:15)
Luke? Power of the Holy Spirit. (24:47-49)
John? Feed the sheep. (21:17)
But Mark explains the who, the what and the where.
Jesus, the Commissioning Officer, says go and preach the gospel.
A story goes of Ken Gailbraith’s housekeeper:
It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. US President Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. “Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.”
“He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.”
“Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.”
“No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you.”
When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure.
“Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.”
It’s important to know who we work for.
“Go and preach the gospel…”
Being new in the Philippines, Steve asked veteran missionaries in Manila for some tips regarding the culture of the city he was in.
One gentleman describe driving in Manila this way…
Green means “go”, yellow means “go faster” and red means “go anyway.”
This is how we are to think when going to the nations with the gospel.
When the nation is wide open, we are to go.
When the light is yellow, we are to go faster or else the door might close.
When the light is red, then we just go anyway.
We don’t call them “closed” nations anymore but “creative access” nations.
“Go into all the world…”
Jesus is not just calling us “Every Nation” but He is calling us to every nation.