Mark 16:15 – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
It was as if Jesus said, “I’ve corrected you. I am going to use you. Now get going! There’s work to do!” Although you’ve probably heard dozens of messages on this text with regard to missions work, quite literally what is being said here is not, “Go into all the world,” but, “As you are going throughout the world, preach the gospel to every creature.” The focus is not on where you are to go, but on what you are to do. Whether it be across the ocean or across the street, around the world or around the neighborhood, whatever you are doing, you are to share the gospel. You probably really do want to do this, but you may fail, not so much because of intimidation, but because of articulation. Perhaps you are not really sure what it means to preach the gospel. Does sharing the gospel mean you are to talk about the creation account of Genesis, about the end times of Revelation, about the praise and worship of the Psalms, about the working of the Spirit in Acts? What does it actually mean to share the gospel? Paul answers this question perfectly when he reminds the Corinthian’s of the gospel he had shared with them. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The Gospel is the powerful message that Jesus died for your sins, that He was buried and then He rose from the dead, paying the ultimate price for you. That is the Gospel that you must share with hurting people.
This scripture is Jesus telling His disciples to get into action! They are to go. And, by the way, He is saying the very same thing to you and to me today, that we should be men and women of action for Him. What are you doing today to get out the Word of God? That is our business, my friend. You should be having some part in getting the Word of God out today. The Gospel is shared by the way you live your life, which shows how deeply you have been changed by God. I challenge you to let the world around you know exactly what amazing work the Lord has done in you. Let your coworkers know how thankful you are that Jesus died and was buried for your sins. Remind your friends how grateful you are that Jesus rose on the third day, conquering death and hell so that you could receive complete justification before God. How will anyone know just how wonderful your Lord is unless you tell them and unless you show them? God is inviting you to take part in the spreading of the Gospel of grace to a dying world. May the Lord Jesus richly bless your faithfulness to Him.
Have a great week,