Why Is the Great Commission Important?
The Great Commission is important because it was given as a command by Jesus. It isn’t the great suggestion, but instead, the Great Commission. It’s important that each of us ask, why is the Great Commission important to us personally? Does it impact our lives on a daily basis?
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives this Great Commission, “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” (NKJV).
The Great Commission is important for a variety of reasons, such as:
It is important because making disciples is God’s way of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are called to make disciples of Jesus in all nations, teaching them His ways. We are the means Jesus chose to fill His Kingdom.
It is important because the power for this mission comes from God. The power of the Holy Spirit enables the Great Commission. This power doesn’t come from our own strength but is power given by the Holy Spirit.
At GFA World, we take the Great Commission very seriously. We’ve been active in disciple-making in South Asia since 1979 when K.P. Yohannan (Metropolitan Yohan) started the ministry to support national missionaries and pastors. That was just the beginning of an organization that has helped thousands of people in Asia and now Africa as well—through caring for the poor, for widows, for orphans, for leprosy patients and more, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
How are you fulfilling the Great Commission that Jesus gave to you? Are you making disciples? Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38, NKJV).What is the Great Commission? Find out how GFA World is fulfilling it today.