The Mission of a Christian
Making Disciples of All Men
by Joanne Troppello
The older I get, the more I realize time is short. After this crazy year of 2020, my focus has shifted even more to what my mission in life as a Christian should be.
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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, 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. – Matthew 28:17-20 (NKJV)
The Great Commission
In Matthew 28, we read that after Jesus died and rose again, the eleven disciples (not twelve since Judas hung himself on a tree after he betrayed Jesus and felt remorseful – Matthew 27:1-10, NKJV) went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus told them to go. The disciples worshiped Jesus when they saw him, but some doubted. That’s when Jesus gave them the Great Commission to go out to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all the nations.
The Christian’s Mission
Of course, we are on this earth and we have our lives to live. However, as a Christian, our mission in life should be to serve the Lord, live for Him, follow His guidance, and reach the world for Christ. This message is still a life lesson I’m learning even after being a Christian for many years.
In Matthew 6, Jesus shared a profound truth that all that we need will be provided when we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
With my focus on Heaven, the things I am dealing with here on earth seem so insignificant. Obviously, they’re real and difficult, but we read in Romans 8:18 (NKJV), “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
I admit, I have not always been vocal about my salvation when I first got saved 32 years ago in youth group. However, as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, I’ve realized the urgency of sharing the Gospel message with others. I’m a timid person, so I share more through my writing and on social media. However, God has been helping me become more vocal when speaking in person—and I’m still working on sharing my faith more.
I wrote the following poem several years ago about praying for the salvation of others and how important it is for us to pray for the lost.
Prayer for Grace
When I look into his eyes,
I can feel his hunger.
A hunger to realize
God’s power and wonder.
I want so much to help him
see God’s wonderful grace
that would take away his sin,
and enlighten his face.
My heart is so full of love
for him and his dear soul.
How can I bring him above
to find rest from his woe?
In God’s divine time I’m sure
that his worries will cease.
His heart, God will surely cure
and fill his soul with peace.
© Joanne Troppello
I’ve shared my faith vocally in person a few times throughout my walk with the Lord. Taking a Sharing My Faith class in church was helpful to give me more knowledge on the right verses to share when sharing the Gospel message. Participating in the Chosen 300 ministry through our church to provide meals to the homeless has also given me a chance to break out of my comfort zone and share my faith.
Have you ever witnessed to someone and shared your faith?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel