Matthew 28:19, 20 - Jesus Great Commission Today.

Matthew 28:19, 20 (NKJV) Go therefore and 
make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of 
the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all 
things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with 
you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.  


   I remember my first try at evangelizing. 
It was at a church event held near a local 
park. We were told to approach strangers in pairs, 
tell them the Good News, and invite them to 
church. As a new believer, this was very tough for 
me. I was tongue tied and embarrassed to walk up 
to people in New York City that I didn't know. 
New Yorkers definitely didn't want to be 
distracted, I reasoned. But the truth is I was ashamed 
and ashamed of being ashamed. How would I make 
disciples of "all the nations" when I couldn't even 
approach someone in the park up the street? 
   After years of going around the mountain, 
I settled the evangelism issue in my heart: I 
would share my faith naturally, in whatever way I 
could, with whomever I could, whenever I saw an 
opportunity. I would be mindful, willing, and available. 
Resolving this dilemma has freed me to have many 
wonderful "Jesus encounters" with waitresses, 
neighbors, HVAC repairmen, extended family members, 
folks in nursing homes, and grocery-store clerks. 
Even small gestures like writing "Jesus cares 
about you" on the envelope with a hotel staff tip 
or on a dinner check, is evangelism. As a 
result of being available this way, I've prayed 
with many and even seen some healed in Jesus's 
name. Don't get me wrong, evangelistic events and 
overseas mission trips are awesome experiences. But 
the main way I fulfill the Great Commission is 
by simply sharing my faith with people I 
encounter as I walk along life's way. Pamela Toussaint 
   Faith Step: Commit to being mindful of 
Him, willing, and available to speak for Him as 
you go about your daily activities. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


The Best Way to Help People Believe
   Have you ever led someone to Christ? If 
not, why not? Maybe you think that God can never 
use you in this way, that youre just not 
gifted in that regard, and it is only for a 
privileged few to lead others to Christ. But if this 
were the case, why was the Great Commission given 
to every Christian? Every believer is called to 
go and make disciples of all the nations 
(Matthew 28:19). That means we are all called to 
evangelism. We all have a part to play. 
   I must admit that its a mystery to me 
that God has chosen to use people as the primary 
communicators of His truth. An interviewer once commented 
to me that I seem to be very natural when I 
speak, that it must come easily to me. Nothing 
could be further from the truth, I said. 
Before I was a Christian, I wasnt a public 
   I remember being in an English class in 
school where we were all required to give an 
impromptu, five-minute speech in front of the class on 
an assigned statement. Being a poor student, I 
hadnt read the assignment, so I stood frozen with 
fear in front of the class. I was not a public 
   But after I came to faith in Jesus 
Christ, I realized the best way to help people 
believe was through verbal communication, be it in 
front of a group or an individual. I realized that 
it is not about me or what I feel comfortable 
doing; it is about obeying God.  
   The primary way God reaches people who do 
not yet know Him is through verbal 
communication. How can people hear about Christ unless 
someone tells them? That someone is supposed to be 
you or me. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

The Most Difficult Part of Evangelism
   I think the most difficult part of 
evangelism is getting the conversation started. When I 
preach, its a monologue. Basically I get up and 
speak and then ask people to make a decision. But 
when I talk to people one-on-one, its a 
   As Ive said before, everyones 
favorite subject is themselves. People love to talk 
about themselves. So I ask questions and listen 
for an area where I can appropriately apply the 
gospel to the conversation. Then I try to find that 
bridge to build to take us to the next place. 
   The objective in sharing your faith is to 
build a bridge, not burn one. A lot of times 
evangelistic conversations end before they start because 
were unnecessarily offensive or weird. Or, we 
simply put people off. 
   Jesus said, Blessed are those who are 
persecuted for righteousness sake (Matthew 5:10 
NKJV). So be persecuted for being righteous  not 
for being weird. 
   Also, the objective in sharing your faith 
is not to win the argument; its to win the 
soul. Ive seen people armed with the latest 
apologetics, with their gospel guns ready, and they blow 
the nonbeliever out of the water. They won the 
argument, and the other person walks away feeling 
humiliated and offended. That is not good evangelism. 
We want to win the soul. 
   Think of Jesus with the woman at the well 
in Samaria. He could have said, Look, 
lets just cut to the chase. Youre an immoral 
woman. Im God in human form. So repent. 
   Would that have been true? Yes.
   Is that what He said? No.
   Instead, He engaged her in conversation 
and drew her in. So dont try to win the 
argument; try to win the soul. Be a nice person. If 
you want to win some, be winsome. [Greg Laurie 
from Harvest Ministries; 
https://www.harvestdaily.com re 1 Corinthians 2:4]  

One More Stepping Stone
   Anika was our German shuttle bus driver 
who carted us and our luggage from the Munich 
airport to our hotel. As we pulled away from the 
curbside, I said, "Anika, we're going to pray here in 
the back seat. But you're driving, so don't 
close your eyes!" The look she gave us in the 
rearview mirror said it all: You people are odd. We 
were wonderful examples of 1 Peter 2:9, "...a 
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the 
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness 
into his marvelous light" (KJV). 
   But it's the odd things that stick in 
your mind. And sometimes your heart. The next 
morning when Anika loaded us up to take us back to 
the airport, she thanked us after we prayed out 
loud for her (we also interceded for her live-in 
boyfriend, as well as her parents, whom she hadn't seen 
for years). When we said goodbye, she commented 
with wet eyes, "I like you people. There's 
something about you that makes me happy. I wish I 
could go with you." 
   "You can," I said. "One of these days 
we're going to lift off, and we'll go higher than 
any airplane could ever take us. It's all about 
following Christ." Anika smiled. We were one more 
stepping stone in her long journey which, I'm 
convinced, will land her in heaven. 
   Sometimes evangelism doesn't mean 
delivering the whole Gospel message at a curbside and 
asking for a response before the light turns green. 
Everything we say or do that moves an individual one 
step closer to Jesus and salvation is evangelism. 
And allowing our joy in Christ to just spill 
over and splash on others is as powerful a 
witness as a three-point sermon. 
   Holy Spirit, fill me with your joy today 
as I walk in your presence and lean on your 
strength. I pray for the opportunity to move at least 
one person at least one step closer to heaven. 
[Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional: 
http://www.joniandfriends.org/daily-devotional re Acts 16:25 


Spreading the Good News
   When I was a child, I loved to pick 
fuzzy, fluffy dandelions. I'd blow the seeds and 
watch them drift away on the breeze. Then I'd run 
to pick another flower. We lived in the 
country, and it didn't matter if a gazillion 
dandelion seeds were scattered hither and yon. But in 
a neighborhood with pristine lawns, blowing 
dandelion seeds might get you in trouble with the 
friends next door who spent hours digging up weeds. 
The truth is, dandelions are designed to spread. 
A windy day can scatter plenty of seeds even 
without a little girl's help. 
   Another plant that spreads easily is the 
tumbleweed. It begins with a small seed taking root in 
dry ground, and it grows from the nutrients and 
moisture available. Then, drying out and dying, it 
breaks free from its roots and tumbles along with 
the wind, casting its seeds as it rolls. 
   Like dandelions and tumbleweeds, our 
faith begins with a small seed planted by another. 
God provides the light and living water, 
allowing the seed to grow. Then we die to self and 
break loose from our worldly bonds, allowing the 
Holy Spirit to take us where God wills so that we 
can spread the Good News. Our words and actions 
are the seeds God plants, waters, and brings to 
new life. 
   If we wonder whether we're capable of 
spreading the gospel, Paul's words to the Corinthians 
can encourage us. The believers in Corinth had 
been arguing about which disciple they 
followed"Paul, Peter, or another preacher named Apollos. 
Paul let them know that ultimately, it didn't 
matter which disciple had first shared the message 
or had the biggest influence. He wrote, "I 
planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered 
it, but it was God who made it grow. It's not 
important who does the planting, or who does the 
watering. What's important is that God makes the seed 
grow" (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). We are not 
responsible for other people's spiritual growth. We're 
responsible for our own faithfulness in letting 
ourselves be used by God, in letting the wind of the 
Holy Spirit move us where we need to be. We have 
the privilege of letting people know there is a 
wonderful future for those who believe in Jesus, and 
that heaven awaits. 
   Be a dandelion. Be a tumbleweed. Spread 
the Good News. 
   Lord God, I want to be like a dandelion 
or tumbleweed, ready to be moved by the wind of 
Your Holy Spirit. Teach me to be responsive to 
Your leading, trusting in what You are asking me 
to do. When You give me an opportunity, may I 
always be willing to share with others the good 
news of who You are and what You have done. 
[Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers] 


Christ's method alone will give true success 
in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled 
with men as one who desired their good. He showed 
His sympathy for them, ministered to their 
needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, 
"Follow Me."  MH 143   

If the love of God flows through us, we will 
find ourselves sharing that love with those 
around us, for God is love, and that love is bigger 
than its container, the Christian, so it must 
overflow. Al Bryant; [Time with God SB mod.] re Luke 


Matthew 28:19, 20 - Jesus Great Commission 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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