I recently asked each of you to quantify your mission field with respect to your family, neighborhood, job, community, social media, friends, and even those people you might struggle to love. Measuring our personal mission field in this way highlights the magnitude of work that is ahead of us. And understanding that a very real eternity awaits each of these people brings the significance of our calling into clear perspective.
Based on the populations for the areas we reach as a church, our mission field is between 900,000 and 1,000,000 people. Believe it or not, your personal mission field is probably somewhere between 20,000 and 100,000 people or more, depending on where you live. I recognize that it can be very intimidating to think that you are individually called to reach that many people through your personal efforts of evangelism. However, don’t be discouraged; you are not alone. Not only are we called to these mission fields corporately as a church body and as members of the holistic body of Christ, but Christ Himself promised that He would be with us as we embark on the Great Commission.

  • Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

People often refer to the Great Commission in the context of the commands that were given: Go – Make Disciples – Baptize Them – and Teach Them. This interpretation turns the commission into a mandate, especially when read along with Christ’s possession of total authority. Who are we to ignore the command of the Creator of the World, the Son of God, the One sovereign above all else, the possessor of all earthly and heavenly authority?
While these words are a mandate, and we MUST obey; I think we have misapplied Christ’s statement of authority to a point that drives fear instead of motivation. What if, instead of interpreting Christ’s proclamation of authority as a threat, we interpreted it as a pep talk? What if Jesus wasn’t saying “I’m in charge of everything, so you better obey my command, or else.” Instead, I think Jesus was telling His disciples and us, “I am in charge of everything, so you have nothing to fear as you go out to proclaim the truth of who I am to the entire world.”
Doesn’t that change things? Isn’t Christ’s authority an assurance of our protection, our safety, our provision, and direction rather than a threat of punishment for disobedience? Now, don’t get me wrong – failure to comply with the Great Commission will result in consequences – for us and for those we fail to share the gospel with. But, I believe Christ’s motivation in making this statement, was to motivate us by assuring us of His authority and presence. He’s telling us, “Don’t fret, I’ve got this. You just go be my hands and feet; I’ll take care of the rest.”
What’s beautiful is that this sentiment is echoed in His conclusion. At the end of verse 20 Christ gives a similar assurance, saying “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Its almost as if Christ has book-ended His Great Commission with a promise of His sovereignty, authority, power, control, and presence. All we must do is willingly obey – He will take care of the rest.
This Sunday we will be discussing how each of us has a critical role to play in advancing the gospel. It doesn’t matter who you are, how young or old you might be, or how long you’ve been a Christian. We must all contribute! Also, this Sunday afternoon we have our baptism service at 4:30 pm. If you are wanting to be baptized and have not yet let us know, please be sure to reach out to the church office this week to do so. We also have our Business Meeting following the baptism service, and then the Jesus Heart Ministry “Thank You Dinner.” Please make plans to join us for all we have going on at KABC. We would love to see you there!
In the meantime, my prayer is that you are emboldened by Christ’s promise of proximity while you fulfill your call to BE THE KING’S AVENUE!
In His Service,
John McRae