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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”— Matthew 24:14 (NLT)
“You hear what you want to hear.” Have you ever heard that? It’s a sentiment often expressed when someone is in the habit of twisting people’s words or intentions. I’ve seen people do this with instructions, news stories, and conversations in order to fit their agenda, offer them validation, support their argument, or justify their choices. Sadly, I’ve even seen people do this with Scripture, even with the words of Jesus Himself. One of the most prevalent cases of hearing what you want to hear is with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 (NIV), which tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
For some reason, people often forget that last part and simply quote the “go and make disciples” part. But it’s a vital part of Jesus’ instructions to us. It’s something He emphasized several times throughout the Gospels, notably in Mark 16:15 and also in today’s verse.
The Lord Jesus has given us this directive to arise and go, to take His good news to the very ends of the earth. And this directive in all its fullness is not optional. We don’t have the luxury to hear what we want to hear with it. But here’s the thing: We shouldn’t consider taking the gospel to every nation as a burden. Instead, we should see it as nothing less than an incredible honor—we get to be used by God to advance His kingdom, grow His family, and ensure that every tribe and tongue is represented in heaven!
Does this mean you have to abandon everything and move to a remote village in a third world country? No! For some people, that is what God has purposed, but it’s not for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t have a part in preaching the kingdom throughout the whole world. As a friend once wrote, “God is seeking ordinary people with missional mindsets, people willing to go.”
Maybe for you, going means becoming a missionary or going on a few short-term mission trips. Maybe it means supporting a missionary, giving generously to global mission projects, or advocating for the redemptive work taking place across the globe. Or maybe it means reaching out and sharing the gospel with a neighbor, coworker, classmate, or friend from a foreign country who can then in turn bring the gospel to their relatives and friends back home. Whatever it is, God wants to use you “to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth’” (Acts 13:47 NLT) before the end comes. Will you answer the call?
Pause: Why is it so important we remember and embrace the second part of the Great Commission?
Practice: Consider and pray about what the call to preach the gospel to all nations means for you personally.
Pray: Father, help me identify how You have called me to do my part to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. Guide me in Your will to accomplish Your purposes. Amen.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.