Part 4 of: Admit – Submit – Commit – Transmit
We looked at the path leading ultimately to the eternally redeemed life. This path starts with realizing the need to get on the path and that Jesus is the one to lead us. We then give him permission to direct us. The seed of the good news takes firm root in good soil when we commit to a life lived in submission to our Lord. But, what exactly are we committing ourselves to do? The answer to this, I think, is to transmit.
Mt 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” One of the most widely known passages in scripture is the one where Jesus is telling his disciples to go forth and carry His instructions to the world. Not every individual believer is required to physically travel abroad to carry out this mission, but this is obviously a very important task to be carried out. With this command comes the promise of the power to accomplish it (Mt 28:18) and the promise the power will remain with the believer and all believers until time runs out (Mt 28:20). Clearly it wasn’t just a message for first century believers. It also wasn’t an instruction to just go tell people the good news and hustle from town to town with assembly line theology. Making disciples isn’t something done with a single church service, no matter how sincere a “sinner’s prayer” is said nor by the number of conversions accomplished.
Jn 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” If we love Jesus, we will obey him (Jn 15:10). Since Peter loved Jesus, he promised to obey Him. The thing Jesus asked of Peter was to feed His sheep. By feed, Jesus meant for Peter to provide believers in Jesus with the Word of God (Mt 4:4). It was Peter’s job to teach believers. All believers and especially new believers need to be spiritually nourished (1 Pe 2:2) by hearing the Word of God. This command is a component of the great commission.
1 Cor 12:4-7 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. All believers are empowered by the Spirit to do certain thing. It is what we were created for (Eph 2:10). The Spirit makes it possible. Not everyone must leave home and travel to other nations. Not everyone is a teacher or preacher or healer. But every believer has certain things they were created to do. No matter what we do, believers filled with the Spirit have certain characteristics and bare fruit of common nature (Gal 5:22-24). Whether we use words or we are only seen from a distance, we testify to what we have seen. The more clearly we see God and know Him, His commands, and the Good News, the more clearly we will transmit His message to the lost. Near or far, this is our highest purpose.
Mt 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. If we bare good fruit and we obey in our faith, we will be like the city Jesus spoke of here. Adam was unable to hide his sin (Gen 3:8-10). If sin is hidden in the dark and cannot be hidden (Jn 3:20), how can (why would) a source of light be hidden (Mt 5:15-16)?
They say actions speak louder than words. I talk a good game, or so I like to think. In the end it will be my actions demonstrating what lies inside my heart. Deeds and the heart behind the deeds cannot be separated. I am largely blind to my deeds. I often try in my foolishness to hide from God for I know my deeds aren’t according to His perfect will. I fall short. The more I realize it, the more I ask him to expose my dark corners to his cleansing light. As I do this I grow in faith and Spirit. Far from worthy of the promised salvation, I humbly submit to you who reads this testimony of one who is worthy. The Lord is good, regardless of me. Any good in me is Him and not me. May any good I do be a testament to Him and not to me.
What is the good news we are to share? Ask God in your prayers to give you the words to answer with when asked (Mt 10:19). These are some of Peter’s words…
1 Pe 1:3-12 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Personally, I’m of the opinion God can use His word – any portion of it He deems suitable for the occasion – to speak to the innermost heart and save souls. All of scripture is useful (2 Tim 3:16-17). Know what you believe and be ready and willing to speak it (1 Pe 3:15). Don’t sit idle in the meantime: write the word on your heart so the Spirit will have something to work with (Ps 119:105).