Jesus, in His last words before leaving the earth, applied no qualifier as to who should be involved in discipling the people of the nations. There is no exclusion for age, social status, or ethnic origin. Furthermore, He did not call us to evangelize the nations, but to disciple the nations.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you;” [Matt 28:19-20]
We do not need to wonder if it is God’s will for us to be about the business of representing Jesus. We are appointed to do so.
“I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” [John 15:16]
Life is not about living the American dream, dying, and going to Heaven. There are eternal rewards for serving the Lord. We all have plenty of wood, hay, and stubble to lay before the Lord, but are we building with gold, silver, and precious stones?
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – the work of each builder will become visible…it shall be revealed by fire.” [1 Cor. 3:11-12]
The message of the exclusivity of Jesus is not popular. Expect tough going. The Christian journey is a fight. But this opposition is not against you; it is against the Holy Spirit.
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” [1 Cor. 1:23]
The mission will be accomplished! Will you be a part of this great plan or will you stand on the sidelines?
“Thou… has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation…” [Rev. 5:9]
“The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” [Hab. 2:14]
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Nelson projects himself as the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, he was raised in NJ in a Christian family. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and served in positions of R&D in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor and has formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. In 1976 he was city co-chairman of a Here’s Life America Campaign in CT. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext. The initial launch was in the form of Finishers Forums. Soon after a web presence was created as a connecting tool. Nelson also serves as an on-line missionary with Global Media Outreach. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to work with the unchurched.