All of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior ought to be aware that we have a call from God on our lives—that we should be sharing our faith with others and explaining to them what a difference our faith makes in our lives. That is, we SHOULD be sharing with others. That does not mean that we are actually doing so.
In order to put this into perspective, it would be good to examine the “call”. Jesus gives us his first command at the beginning of His public ministry in Mark 1:17: “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” That is a command with a promise. The command is “follow me” and the promise is that Jesus will make us fishers of men. I believe that it is reasonable and logical to ask ourselves, “If we are not becoming fishers of men, how can we say that we are following Jesus?”
A second part of Jesus’s call on our lives is found in Acts 1:8—Jesus’s last command—in which he says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Are we to witness in our own strength? Absolutely not! We will receive the power to do so through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Thus we will be empowered to share with those in our closest circle of friends and acquaintances and neighborhoods as well as to a wider area such as our state and to a very wide area such as our nation, and even to other nations around the world.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives us what is usually called the “Great Commission”. That says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Does Jesus have the right to make this call on our lives? Absolutely! He has absolute authority. Our true Commander-In-Chief commands us to go and not just witness but to make disciples of all the nations, teaching them and training them. He closes this commission with His promise that He will always be with us, so we will never be alone in this process.
Do we have any examples to follow in the early church? Absolutely! In Acts 8, verse 1, we read “On that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles.” Verse 4 continues, “Therefore those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” Who went everywhere preaching the word? It was those who were scattered. Who was scattered? It was the ordinary believers. How do we know this? Verse 1 says that the apostles stayed in Jerusalem. So we as “ordinary” believers have a perfect example from the early church that we too are to go everywhere preaching the gospel. The professionals—our pastors—have a responsibility to equip the saints (those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior) for the work of ministry (found in Ephesians 4:12).
Is your church training you to witness? If not, let us at CCS do so. We are here to serve!