So many enthusiastic young Christians hear about the Great Commission and unfortunately understand it as something only an overseas missionary can accomplish after going to years of Bible school and missions training. Completing the Great Commission can seem daunting and intimidating, but it shouldn’t.
The Chinese underground house church has so much to teach us in regards to our role in the Great Commission. Exposure to the persecuted house church in China shows us that we do not have to be educated with a specific degree to be qualified to share the Good News with the lost. We only have to be willing. “As soon as a Chinese accepts Jesus in their heart as the Lord over their lives, they are required to immediately go out and share their testimony with others,” Brother Yun said during a meeting several years ago. “You know what God has done in your life, so you share it with others.”
Even though it is illegal to proselytize in China, the house church is experiencing the world’s largest revival. One has to stop and ask if the revival has anything to do with new believers simply going out and sharing their testimony instead of sitting on the sidelines of evangelism.
The truth is, it’s easy for us to find excuses as to why we are not qualified to share the Good News with our neighbor, but if we only step out and lose our rationality as BTJ director Bethany shares, then impossible tasks are made possible through Jesus Christ.
There are currently 3.37 billion people living in unreached people groups with little or no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Great Commission will be completed only when every ‘ethnos’ group has heard the “Gospel of the Kingdom, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14). Each of us must step out in faith and allow ourselves to be radically used by God.