by Al Maxey
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-10). Satan, well aware of the great redemptive force of disciples carrying out this Great Commission from Christ, has repeatedly sought to subvert this divine charge through distortion and misrepresentation. Notice a couple of ways in which the enemy of the gospel attacks our Lord's directive to His people:
One: By misrepresenting the nature of the testimony. Our witness to the world about us must be two-fold to be truly effective. It must be a testimony of both lip and life. If Satan can convince the people of God that proclamation of Truth, without any subsequent and significant practice of Truth, is sufficient to fulfill the great commission, then the world will never be moved to alter its current course. Genuine evangelism consists of Christians practicing what they profess in their daily lives.
Two: By professionalizing the testifying. The notion that evangelism belongs only in the hands of the "professionals" (preachers, elders, missionaries, and the like), and that the "regular members" are therefore excused from any responsibility, will severely curtail successful expansion of the borders of the kingdom of our Lord. All believers must take an active part in the sharing of their faith with those about them.
Satan has been far too successful with his subtle, subversive methodologies. It is time for dedicated disciples everywhere to regain the initiative from this devilish deceiver. You and I have been given a great commission. Let us, therefore, go forth and claim precious souls for the Master!