Often in church you’ll hear Pastors, Youth Pastors, Evangelists, and others speak about witnessing. They’ll preach “Go, tell others about God.” They are correct in quoting the Great Commission Matthew 28:19 which reads:
Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
However, we, the religious ‘leaders,’ often forget to explain “why” it is important. Sure, there is no doubt that Scripture and Jesus teaches us to go witness. The Bible clearly tells us that it is important. But why is it important?
Shortly after the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the answer:
Matthew 9:35-36 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
But seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion on them, because they were tired and scattered like sheep having no shepherd.
Jesus was explaining that many people will believe. Once we get people out there telling others, people are going to follow. However, we need leaders who will continue to develop others and step up and “shepherd” the flock. We need people not only to witness, but to lead. The trailing edge of the Great Commission reads:
Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you.
Here we find that teachers or leaders are also a necessary part of God’s growing Kingdom.
Matthew 9:37-38 Then [Jesus] said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest that He will send out laborers into His harvest.
I ask that each of us pray today to find out if God wants us to be one of those leaders, who He’ll send out to shepherd His flock.