“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) This command is inseparable from the command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19,20)
Within the “Go” of Matthew 28:19 is the Gospel of Mark 16:15. Being a disciple of Jesus necessitates the communication of His Good News. Yet, it is the one thing that every believer wants to avoid. You know that moment. You know that moment when all apparent random occurrences have delivered you into a space and to a person for the purpose of proclaiming His message.
It’s awkward, uncomfortable, offensive, and imposing. It’s scary. You’ll do anything to avoid it. You’ll package it, get others to professionally personify it, and put it behind pulpits. You’ll train for delivering the gospel message, you’ll talk about the gospel message with believers, you’ll try anything to create optimum environments for easing into gospel conversations (being missional), but when it comes right down to it, you won’t initiate the disciple making process where, when, and how Jesus told you to.
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? (Romans 10:14-15)
The Quintessential Gospel Moment is when you have a sent one and the one to whom that person is sent. You see, the gospel IS the POWER of God unto salvation for those that believe. (Romans 1:16) You have been authorized and enabled to wield that power. Wield it!