The Great Commission issues a strong call and encouragement for believers (Matthew 28:19-20). It is a call to “go.” Sometimes “going” looks like traveling all over our nation and world to share the gospel. But on a daily basis, it looks like being obedient in our backyards and workplaces and on our streets and at the grocery store. Part of being a disciple on mission is constantly being on the lookout for the opportunities around us every day to share the gospel.
- Be available.
From the early church believers, we see that God used persecution and suffering to spread the gospel to other cities (Acts 8:4). And from the apostles, we see that they practiced the discipline of availability (Acts 8:25, 40). They didn’t allow daily life to dictate gospel conversations. They made gospel conversations part of daily life.
Many times, we are so focused on our destination that we miss the people along the journey. When the disciples left one city, they took the opportunity to share the gospel with every city on the way to their destination. Just like Philip in Acts 8 dropped everything to meet the Ethiopian when prompted, so we should be willing to forgo our daily agenda to be available if and when the Lord places an opportunity in our path.
- Be aware.
Every day we come in contact with people who need to know the Lord. The barista at Starbucks, the cashier at the grocery story, your waiter, not to mention your coworkers, or neighbors living on your block or floor. People all around us need Jesus. We can engage in brief conversations to share the goodness of God, build relationships where possible, and intentionally invite people to join us for worship on Sundays.
- Be unashamed.
Fear makes sharing the gospel about our comfort level. Courage acknowledges the discomfort and steps into the fray. Courage reminds us that apart from Christ, our friends, neighbors, and those we come in contact with are going to hell. That should remove our fear. We aren’t promised a favorable response, as we see many times in Acts. We are, however, charged to be faithful and trust God with the results. He cares about that person’s salvation, and He desires to use YOU to be an instrument of His grace.
As believers, we are called to share the gospel with everyone. Ephesians 5:16 is a great reminder to us of how to spend our time: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” May we see every person we come in contact with as a person Jesus died for. And may we be faithful to point them to the One who saves and makes all things new.