TEXT: Matthew 10:5-7
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Stanley Hauerwas said, “Christianity is not a philosophy that can be learned separate from those who embody it. If the truth that is Christ were a truth that could be known ‘in principle,’ then we would not need apostles. But the way the gospel is known is by one person being for another person the story of Christ.”
As we continue looking at the lifestyle of the messengers of Christ, we are focusing on Jesus’ initial instructions to the Twelve as He sends them out on their first (or one of their first) solo missionary journeys. He commands them saying, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” From this command, we have learned that the messengers of Christ go where He tells them. All believers should desire to share the Gospel with all people, but the Holy Spirit will instruct each messenger or each group of messengers to go to a specific group of people or a specific location. Our obedience in going where Christ tells us is part of our fulfillment of the Great Commission.
The second thing we learn from this command is that the messengers of Christ go to their own. Jesus selected Jewish disciples and He instructed them to first go to their own people with the Gospel. Jesus Himself was a Jew and ministered almost exclusively to the Jews during His time on earth. Before He returned to Heaven, the Lord commissioned the disciples to take the message first to Jerusalem before taking it to the uttermost part of the world.
This ought to remind us that our first responsibility with the Gospel is to take it to those who are around us, those we meet with every day. It is our responsibility to share the Gospel with our family members, friends, and co-workers, however it appears that Christians increasingly don’t believe this to be the case. A recent Barna report found that “a growing number of Christians don’t see sharing the good news as a personal responsibility. Just 10 percent of Christians in 1993 agreed with the statement ‘converting people to Christianity is the job of the local church’—as opposed to the job of an individual (that is, themselves). Twenty-five years later, three in 10 Christians say evangelism is the local church’s responsibility, a nearly threefold increase. The most dramatic divergence over time is on the statement, ‘Every Christian has a responsibility to share their faith.’ In 1993, nine out of 10 Christians who had shared their faith agreed with this statement. Today, just two-thirds say so—a 25-point drop.”
If we do not accept a personal responsibility to share the Gospel with those around us, how can we be expected to faithfully share the Gospel with someone on the other side of the globe? You may not feel as though you have a specific call to a particular people group or location, but you do have a call to your own personal Jerusalem. Before you set out to do “big” ministry, you will often have to prove your faithfulness in “small things.” Love for those around you ought to prompt you to pray for the salvation of those around you and compel you to share the Gospel with them as the Lord leads.
The only requirement for the messenger of Christ is to possess the Gospel, the message of Christ. You don’t have to be in a special place or go abroad to a different group of people. You can be a faithful messenger right where you are.
Carrie E. Breck wrote:
Are you winning souls for Jesus,
As you travel on your way?
Are you telling His salvation
Every hour of every day?
Are you winning souls for Jesus,
Doing all that you can do,
Living out the blessed Gospel
As He hath commanded you?
Are you winning souls for Jesus?
Does your life example prove
Him to be the precious Savior
Sacrificed because of love?
Are you winning souls for Jesus,
Precious souls for whom He died?
Are you loyal to the Master,
Who for you was crucified?
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.