“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.”
When you go to some of the biggest churches in your area you will find huge bands, big greeting teams, a coffee shop, a big auditorium, countless check in centers, child care, big fancy lights, loud speakers, humongous projectors and hundreds of chairs. The modern day church is a place where we gather, worship, listen to a teaching, connect with people and then go home to eat and watch football. It’s a hour and a half of our weekends and that’s quite it. When did we get so far away from being the Church outside of a building? “Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ. Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ. Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism. Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great Commission.” (Bible.org) These statistics are extremely frightening. Evangelism has always been huge on my heart and the fact that the Church has gone far from this breaks my heart. As the American Church we expect people to come to us for our fancy lights, fantastic audio systems, professional musicians, our compelling teachers or our big buildings. The truth of the matter is, I’m afraid the church has forgotten what the great commission is. “Go, and make disciples of all nations.” The key word is, “Go”. Jesus wants us to Go, not to attract. We are so focused on getting people in our doors that we have forgotten how to go out the doors.
To be a Missional Church we must live the call of the Great Commission. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 6:8 (which I have tattooed on my arm to remind me of living a life to be obedient to the Call of God.) It says, “Here I am, Send me!” In this passage God is looking for a willing vessel to go on His behalf and Isaiah replies with urgency, “Here am I, Send me!” To be a Missional Church we must live a life of this urgency, We must live in a way that shouts, ‘Send me!” It astounds me the comfortably we live in America. We literally get afraid of sharing the Gospel because someone will judge us and think we are weird. In other Countries, Christians are being killed for their faith, families are being torn apart, Mothers from their children, husbands from their wives and here we are, afraid that someone will think we are weird for following Jesus.
There is a call and there is a price we must pay to follow Jesus. In Matthew 8:20-22 “ And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” (ESV) I am astounded by this verse because the man at the end, his father was not dead. In Jewish culture, it was tradition that a son would stay until his father passed, to settle his estate. Jesus basically told him, to forget that and follow Him. This shows us that there is an urgency to follow Christ now. If we want to advance the Gospel, and see Jesus reign over the lives of the unsaved, we must go. We need to quit sitting around and waiting for people to come to us. We need to go. Will you go? Will you follow the call? I believe we have some work to do.