Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Today's verse is a commandment familiar to almost every Christian, it is called the Great Commission. Yet statistics yield the fact that approximately 95% of Christians never win one person to Christ. With that said it must be assumed that most are not active in witnessing for Jesus. In one's lifetime you would think he or she could win at least one person to Christ. The problem is we are not obedient to God's commandments. God spoke about observing His commandments in the Old Testament as well, Deuteronomy 12:32, sounds similar to Matthew 28:20, "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."
Many people sit in churches week after week listening to messages, they evaluate the message, and then fail to put it into practice. According to the Word of God this is self deception. James speaks about our need to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. "...be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
I want to encourage you to serve the Lord and make sure to obey His commandments!!! Worship always proceeds service, but genuine worship will lead you to serve the Lord with gladness. Make a difference in your church by serving the Lord, and being a witness of the Gospel as it has made an impact upon your life.
Your Friend and His,
Pastor Mike Abbott