Saturday, 20th February 2021
Title: Is It My Responsibility?
By: Chan Yew Thai
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Is it my responsibility to share the Gospel? Yes!
In Matthew 28:18-20 “The Great Commission” was given by Jesus to all Christians although we often live as if evangelism or preaching is the responsibility of pastors and missionaries.
Matthew 28:18-20 was included in the original devotion I wrote on 16th of January, but on second thought I deleted it. However, my proof-reader’s feedback was I should had retained it as it gave a clearer and stronger message. Taking the advice, also in conjunction with Pantai Baptist Church’s theme which is “Live the Life,” I decided to share it this month and give it more space.
To recap, last month I shared on Luke 24:13-35 the conversation of the stranger (Jesus) and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I challenged us to follow the example of Jesus to seize the moment, to share the gospel even in our daily ordinary conversation, and to be like the two disciples, who were so excited to proclaim that Jesus was risen.
We serve a risen Saviour, and there is nothing in any modern aspect, whether it is fear, inconvenience, shyness, limited Bible knowledge, or even Movement Control Order (MCO), can deter it.
Since “The Great Commission” is given to all believers, to “Live the Life” means we are to obey Jesus’ command by reaching out to others and sharing the Good News. Some may say, “I do not know how.” The secret formula I learnt from Pastor Isaac on some mission trips is to share our personal testimony. Each of us has our own story to tell and to bless others, and it is unique to ourselves. For others who wish to share the Gospel, it can be done in a five-chapter method taught by Dr Kyle Essary with narrations added by me as below:
- Creation – Genesis 1:31 (God made all things good);
- Fall – Romans 3:23 (Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience all have sinned);
- Redemption – 1 Corinthians 1:30 (Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection give us righteousness, sanctification, and redemption);
- Renewal – Revelation 21:5 (God makes all things new);
- Restoration – 1 Peter 5:10 (God restores, confirms, strengthens, and establishes us).
We have no excuse for not sharing as Jesus promises to be with us always to the end of the age. Since Jesus is with us, we are not alone, and it should give us great comfort that nothing can go wrong or not knowing what to say. My personal experience is Jesus will guide us when we are obedient in carrying out His command.
Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Don’t we as followers of Jesus look forward to His return? Wouldn’t it be exciting to see the second coming of Jesus although we do not know when? Accordingly, shouldn’t we take the command to evangelise to those who have yet heard the Good News seriously?
The nations are now at our backyard with foreign workers from many countries, working and residing in Malaysia. Let us not hesitate but make haste to play our roles in reaching out to them.
Thank You, Father, for Your love for us and Your promise to be with us always to the end of the age. Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that You will grant us the faith, the boldness, and the urgency to do Your command; and that each and every follower of Yours will have this desire to reach out to others, so that more will come to know You and will not perish, but have the eternal life. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen!
回顾上个月我分享路加福音24:13-35 陌生人（耶稣）与两个门徒在前往以马忤斯路上的对话。 我挑战大家跟随耶稣的榜样把握时机，就算是在我们每日与人普通对话也可以分享福音， 也能像那两个门徒一样激动地宣告耶稣已经复活了。
我们服事一位复活的救主，无论现代方面有什么 ， 无论是恐惧、不方便、 难为情、圣经知识不足， 或是行动管制令都不能阻止救主的复活。
既然“大使命”是颁佈给所有的信徒， “活出生命”意味着我们必须遵行耶稣的命令与人分享救恩的好消息。 有人可能说，“我不知道怎样行”。我从以撒牧师的一些佈道之旅中学到的秘诀是分享自己的见证。我们每一个人都有自己独特的故事来与人分享和祝福他人。 那些希望可以分享福音的可以用凯尔博士（Dr Kyle Essary) 教导的五章方法加上我添加的旁白如下：
- 创造 – 创世纪1:31 (神看着一切所造的都甚好)
- 堕落 – 罗马书3:23 (因为亚当与夏娃的不顺服，世人都犯了罪)
- 救赎 – 哥林多前书1:30 (耶稣在十字架上的死和祂的复活给我们公义、成圣、和救赎)；
- 更新 – 启示录21:5 (上帝将一切都更新)
- 恢复 – 彼得前书5:10 (上帝恢复 、确认、建立并加给我们力量)
我们没有借口不分享，因为耶稣应许祂必时常与我们同在直到世界的末了。既然耶稣与我们同在， 我们就不是孤单的， 这给我们带来了极大的安慰因为知道一切都不会错，也不会不知道要说什么。我个人的经验是当我们服从并遵行耶稣的命令时，祂会带领我们。
马太24:14说：“这天国的福音要传遍天下，对万民作见证，然后末期才来到。”我们身为耶稣的门徒难道不盼望祂回来吗？ 虽然我们不知道什么时候， 难道我们不激动看到耶稣的第二次降临吗？ 难道我们不应该认真的服从命令去与那些还未听到福音的人传福音吗？
祷告：父啊，感谢祢， 因祢爱我们，祢也应许会常与我们同在直到世界的末了。亲爱的主耶稣，我祈求祢赐给我们信心，让我们有魄力能迫切地去行出祢的命令； 让每一个跟随祢的门徒都渴望与他人传讲福音， 使多人能认识祢而不致灭亡反得永生。奉耶稣大能的名祈求。 阿门！